FL Republican May Have Disqualified Himself From Running For Office
Credit: Kristopher Stark campaign /Twitter
July 28, 2022

Republican Kristopher Stark is on the primary ballot for Florida House District 37 which will be held in a few weeks. Should he win though he may be disqualified because he wasn't on the voter lists 365 days before the election.


Source: Orlando Sentinel

Fed up with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, Republican Kristopher Stark, a candidate to represent reconfigured Florida House District 37, sent the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections a request last year to be taken off state voter rolls.

He said he was frustrated President Donald Trump won Florida but somehow lost the White House, which he wrongly believes was “stolen.”

“My vote means nothing. Cancel my registration,” Stark wrote on the Seminole County removal form in January 2021, still peeved over Democrat Joe Biden’s triumph over Trump two months after the ballots were cast. “You + the system are a joke. Thank you, communists.”

Seems more Ron DeSantis voter suppression laws have caught the MAGA-lovin' Stark in a bit of a pickle though.

Introduced by state Sen. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, and signed into law last year by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the new statute requires a candidate vying for a party’s nomination to be a registered party member for 365 days before qualifying for the post begins.

Elections supervisor records show that Stark did not re-register as a Republican voter until January 2022. He said he registered while at the Tax Collector’s Office to update his home address on state identification and a clerk asked if he’d like to update his voter’s ID, too.

If, as expected, Stark wins the primary and then gets disqualified, Democratic incumbent, state Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith would run unopposed in November.


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