A Florida lawyer is suing after a Miami-area woman’s ballot was missing one of the election’s highly debated issues, a shot to legalize medical pot.
Karen Goldstein received an absentee ballot earlier this month in Broward County, but the spot for the state’s Amendment 2 was mysteriously blank.
The measure is asking residents for an up or down vote on legalizing weed for medical use, part of a raft of cannabis-centered questioned posed to residents across the country next month.
More than 60% of voters need to approve the amendment for it to pass, and a lawyer has filed suit against a Broward County official saying that ballots with it could cause “irreparable harm” and deny residents their constitutional rights.
Kent, who is trying to get an emergency court hearing on Monday, said it was not known if only a handful or thousands of ballots were affected, though he told the paper that he had received six calls about the matter.
A pro-marijuana campaign manager said that elections officials told him the ballots without the question were likely test ballots.
Amendment 2 comes after a similar measure was narrowly voted down by Floridians in 2014, with 58% supporting it.
A poll from the Florida Chamber of Commerce taken late last month shows 73% approval of the new effort.
Florida, where ballot problems became a national issue in the 2000 recount, starts early voting on Monday.
Early voting is already underway in some states including other presidential battlegrounds such as North Carolina.
Source: New York Daily News