If you believe in coincidences, I've got one for you.
Voters in the Florida Senate District 31 race will see this choice on their ballots:
Smithmyer, Christopher "Chris" (R)
Smith, Christopher "Chris"(D)
Wow, isn't that amazing?
They're not similar.
One's white, one's black. One's a Republican, one's a Democrat. One's never held office before, one's been representing Broward County for years. One's 31, one's 42.
One says it's just a coincidence he picked this district to run in when his name is almost exactly the same as the incumbent, and one is not so sure.
Because there's a Republican in the governor's seat, the newcomer with the lookalike name will be listed first on the ballot. That's considered an advantage in the political world.
Might some be confused? Not if they pay attention.
But do voters always pay attention?
p.s. For the wonks out there, here's the state Statute about ballot name order:
(3)(a) The names of the candidates of the party that received the highest number of votes for Governor in the last election in which a Governor was elected shall be placed first for each office on the general election ballot, together with an appropriate abbreviation of the party name; the names of the candidates of the party that received the second highest vote for Governor shall be placed second for each office, together with an appropriate abbreviation of the party name.
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