Only one Republican appears to have enough signatures for special congressional ballotby George Bennett | December 2nd, 2009
It looks like only one of the three Republicans who want to replace Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler in a special election turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot without paying a $9,912 filing fee.
According to unofficial totals from the Palm Beach County elections office and official Broward County numbers, financial planner Joe Budd met the goal of 1,163 signatures from voters who live in Wexler’s congressional District 19 while retired police officer Curt Price and contractor Ed Lynch did not.
Both Price and Lynch said they plan to contact the elections offices to inquire about rejected petitions. They can still get on the ballot by paying the filing fee by noon Friday. Democrats Ted Deutch and Ben Graber plan to qualify by paying the fee. Nonpartisan candidates can qualify by paying a $6,608 fee.
Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher said this morning that her office verified 913 of Price’s signatures. The county has until 5 p.m. today to send official numbers to the state Division of Elections. Broward County elections officials told the Division that Price turned in 223 valid signatures there. That’s a total of 1,136, or 27 shy of the requirement.
Lynch had 875 valid signatures in Palm Beach and 257 certified in Broward for a total of 1,132, or 31 short.
Budd’s totals were 944 in Palm Beach and 306 in Broward.
Primaries are Feb. 2 and the general election is April 13 to replace Wexler, who is stepping down next month to head a Middle East think tank.