J.C. from Florida writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
My Florida condo board has accepted a candidate’s VERBAL Intent to Run with a follow up written Intent to Run 34 days before the election instead of the required 40 days in writing. Is this legal? Candidate claims Post Office delivered her mail to the wrong address.
Mister Condo replies:
J.C., it isn’t so much a question of whether or not it is “legal” (who’s going to court over this?) as much as it is an eye opener to make sure there aren’t other such occurrences where the rules are “stretched” to favor one individual over another. The Post Office may have made a mistake this time but what about next time? I think it is fair to say that the spirit of the rules was followed here if not with the exact specificity that is demanded but close enough. Yes, the results or the election could be challenged but to what end? If the election is really compromised because of this error of inclusion, I would be truly shocked. Let’s hope there are no further instances of this but for now, I would say “no harm, no foul”. All the best!