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Judge denies Miami candidate's request for new ballots



A Miami-Dade judge on Thursday denied a candidate’s attempt to force the county supervisor of elections to halt the distribution of ballots in the city of Miami’s fourth district until new ballots could be redrawn with her name atop her competitors.

Denise Galvez Turros had sought to place her name first on the ballot ahead of Manuel “Manolo” Reyes and Ralph Rosado. In a complaint filed this month after absentee ballots began to go out, she argued that the supervisor of elections and Miami city clerk had wrongly considered her surname to be Turros, resulting in her third-ranked placement on the ballot due to alphabetical ordering.

Galvez had sought a preliminary injunction from Judge Rosa Rodriguez that would have forced the printing of new ballots, but was denied during an emergency hearing. She said she plans to seek a change to Florida’s state statutes to ensure complex surnames are properly identified on ballots.

“This was not about manipulating the election,” she said. “This was about having my name represented correctly as it’s been my entire life.”