ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – On the final day of early voting, voters at the Alafaya early voting precinct in Orlando were given a slate card of predominantly Democratic candidates with a circuit court judge candidate and NPA candidate included. The slate card, not appearing to be created by any organization, includes Laura Shaffer, candidate for Judicial Circuit Court Group 41 and John Mina, candidate for Orange County Sheriff.
This isn’t the only partisan slate card Shaffer is included on. The Orange County Republican Party lists her as well. Shaffer is a registered Republican.
We’ve reached out to Laura Shaffer for a phone interview to find out if she was aware of these listings. She told FNN News she will confer with her campaign manager about the matter. We have not yet received a response.
WHY VOTER GUIDES MATTER
Slate cards, or voter guides, as they’re more commonly called, are meant to be just that–a guide of recommended candidates to help voters cast their ballots. Slate cards are usually offered by political organizations, such as state and local Democratic and Republican executive committees and caucuses.
While these guides help voters vote the whole ballot, they can be a bit tricky for judgeships since a judicial candidate cannot disclose his or her party affiliation because a judge must be impartial and follow the rule of law; and because slate cards are usually offered by political parties, voters can potentially associate the candidate with the party offering the card.
Interestingly, since voter guides only serve as recommendations, there are no official guidelines concerning who can issue them, hence the guide issued at the Alafaya early voting precinct Sunday. NPA candidates are typically not listed on slate cards issued by political parties, but Mina was included on this one.
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