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Possible Election Day problems worry civil rights advocates

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 New ID requirements. Unfamiliar or distant polling places. Names missing from the voter rolls. Those are just some of the challenges that could disrupt voting across the country through Election Day. While most elections have their share of glitches, experts worry conditions are ripe this year for trouble at the nation’s polling places. This is the first presidential election year without a key enforcement provision of the federal Voting Rights Act, and 14 states have enacted new registration or voting…

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Incumbent Judge Myriam Irizarry says opponent’s mailer misrepresents her experience

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Judicial races are usually rather low-key affairs, in part because of restrictions that limit the topics candidates can discuss. But the race between incumbent Pinellas County Judge Myriam Irizarry and state Rep. Dwight Dudley is heating up as the Aug. 30 election approaches. Dudley, a Democrat who left the House to run for the judiciary, is focusing on experience. According to a recent mailer sent to voters across Pinellas, he has a lot and Irizarry has “zero” — at least when…

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Judicial candidates schooled on campaign ethics

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Sometimes, respecting the rules of the game means you have to lose. That was the message delivered Friday at an ethics forum for judicial candidates held in Tallahassee. Similar events were held around the state this week. Current and retired judges and others briefed several area contenders for judgeships on Florida’s Code of Judicial Conduct, which also applies to candidates. “To be ethical, you have to be willing to lose” an election, said retired appellate judge Robert Benton. “Following the rules may require…

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