Protests planned in downtown Jacksonville over closed primary election

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Sign-waving protest rallies are planned tonight at several downtown Jacksonville locations as hearings continue into the lawsuit over the city’s August 30th closed primary.

Both State Attorney Angela Corey and Public Defender Matt Shirk will face only GOP voters on that date due to the presence on the ballot of controversial write-in candidates.

More than 400,000 voters who are not Republicans have been effectively disenfranchised in the election. There’s been much more outrage about Corey’s race than Shirk’s, although it appears the same tactic was used – more about that here.

The lawsuit filed by civil rights icon Bill Sheppard alleging voter suppression is being adjudicated by Clay County Judge Richard Townsend, who has until June 24th to issue a ruling (that is when ballots will be printed).

Meanwhile, the group New Florida Majority says activists will wave signs at 5pm at cars heading out at rush hour at the corners of Union and Newnan, Pearl and State, Jefferson and Water, and Main and Forsyth Streets.


Melissa Ross

In addition to her work writing for Florida Politics, Melissa Ross also hosts and produces WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). First Coast Connect was also recognized in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications. She can be reached at [email protected]

One comment

  • Richard Crooks

    June 14, 2016 at 10:51 am

    This is the way to keep Americans from voting what in hell else is new. It is not only Florida take a look around at other states like Wisconsin. If your not a Republican don’t waste your time.

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