LJ Holloway sues state over ballot access fail
Back again: LJ Holloway looks for a 2020 rematch with Rep. Al Lawson

A typo ultimately disqualified Holloway from the ballot.

Yet another 2020 Congressional candidate whose ballot access was rejected is suing the state of Florida.

LaShonda “L.J.” Holloway, a Democrat running in Florida’s 2nd Congressional District, contends she filed timely to qualify for the 2020 ballot.

However, the Division of Elections saw it differently, and now Holloway is suing Secretary of State Laurel Lee to reverse the decision and restore her name on the ballot.

The suit was filed in Leon County, in the Second Circuit Court. Michael Fackler of the high-powered Milam Howard Nicandri Gillam and Renner firm of Jacksonville is representing Holloway.

Holloway argues the qualification process, along with pandemic restrictions, thwarted her filing last month on the last day of qualifying. She was unable to qualify by petition due to social distancing requirements.

The court filing notes challenges with getting the money needed to qualify, with that problem not having been resolved until a day before qualifying ended.

She provided a check at 9 a.m. Friday, but a “scrivener’s error” discrepancy between the numeric and written portion of the check was rejected at 10:35 a.m.

Whereas the numeric portion of the check was for $10,440, the written portion read “ten thousand four hundred and 00/100 dollars.”

“I had an hour and a half delay as a result of the check sitting in a dropbox outside,” Holloway related, alluding to the period between dropping the check and it being reviewed by staff inside.

Attempts to cure the check proved fruitless, in part because a bank local to Jacksonville is not local on the other side of the sprawling east/west district.

Holloway uses the Jacksonville-based VyStar Credit Union, a regional bank whose nearest location to Tallahassee is in Perry. Despite her best efforts, she says she couldn’t get the check to them until 1:21 p.m.

Holloway’s absence means there is only one Jacksonville Democrat running against incumbent Rep. Al Lawson and that’s Albert Chester. Two Republicans, Gary Adler and Roger Wagoner, are running in the other primary.

Lee’s office, as mentioned above, faces another ballot access suit from a central Florida Republican.

Republican Yukong Zhao is suing the Florida Department of State to try to get onto the ballot in Florida’s 7th Congressional District, contending the department failed to follow its own emergency rules adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic, costing him his candidacy.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • gary

    May 11, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    go to hell

  • Nancy Watkins

    May 11, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Had the “legal line” been for the correct amount, she would have a strong case. But the numerals are merely the “courtesy box”: for ease of reading. The Uniform Commercial Code, adopted by Florida a LONG time ago, addresses this:

    Section 3.114 of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), a set of rules for business transactions, dictates how any confusion should be handled:

    “If an instrument contains contradictory terms, typewritten terms prevail over printed terms, handwritten terms prevail over both, and words prevail over numbers.”

    On a check, the space where you write the amount is called the “legal line;” the box where you put the digits is called the “courtesy box.”

  • Benny

    May 11, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Filing for Congressional seats started April 6th through April 24th. That’s enough time for anyone to get their documents turned in. Why wait until the final 3 hours to submit your documents and not reading over them numerous times to confirm accuracy. But, you want to be a Congresswoman? Forget about it!

  • Toya

    May 11, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    She was sitting in her car doing a live at 9:08am and stayed in her car for over 15 minutes talking about nothing! If they told you by 10:30 why didn’t you have another check with you? Just another loser trying to catch what she sees as a free ride so she doesn’t have to work like the rest of us!

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