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Jim Norman's ouster from ballot has spawned copycat suits

The disqualification last week of a Senate candidate over an item a judge said should have been on a disclosure form but wasn't has spurred a spate of similar lawsuits just a week before Election Day.

Last Friday, Leon County Circuit Judge Jackie Fulford kicked Jim Norman off the ballot in the State Senate District 12 race for failure to disclose property in his campaign paperwork, a violation of the constitution. That leaves local Republicans - if Norman doesn't win an appeal - to replace him on the ballot before Election Day. His name was the only one on the ballot.

Fulford's decision - which is now before the 1st District Court of Appeal - has sparked at least two other cases over financial disclosure forms. News Service reports here.