Second Holness lawsuit asks judge to invalidate Cherfilus-McCormick congressional primary win

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Dale Holness has filed a second lawsuit asking a judge to rule that Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick isn’t the rightful winner of the 20th Congressional District Democratic Primary.

The lawsuit claims that Cherfilus-McCormick’s campaign-season support for a universal basic income — a monthly $1,000 payment to most adults — amounted to an attempt to bribe voters.

He also said Cherfilus-McCormick’s failure to file a required financial disclosure with the Clerk of the U.S. House before people voted disqualifies her. Candidates often don’t file, and in the 20th Congressional District primary, three of the top-tier candidates filed financial disclosures; three didn’t.

Juan-Carlos “J.C.” Planas, an attorney who specializes in Florida election law, has said the claims are exceedingly unlikely to prevail.

Court clerks’ websites show the Broward suit was filed late the day before Thanksgiving. The Palm Beach County lawsuit was filed the day after Thanksgiving. That was the final day — 10 days after the state Elections Canvassing Commission certified Cherfilus-McCormick as the winner of the Nov. 2 primary — state law allows a losing candidate to file a legal challenge.

The Palm Beach County case, which uses similar language as the Broward case, was filed by a different attorney. In Palm Beach County — but not Broward — Holness is represented by Burnadette Norris-Weeks, who was general counsel to former Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes.

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