§ 104.271 False or malicious charges against, or false statements about, opposing candidates; penalty.
(1) Any candidate who, in a primary election or other election, willfully charges an opposing candidate participating in such election with a violation of any provision of this code, which charge is known by the candidate making such charge to be false or malicious, is guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083 and, in addition, after conviction shall be disqualified to hold office.
s. 44, ch. 28156, 1953; s. 48, ch. 71-136; s. 27, ch. 77-104; s. 35, ch. 77-175; s. 1, ch. 85-210; s. 627, ch. 95-147; s. 44, ch. 97-13.
- Prohibited Activities
The Commission does not have the authority to investigate on its own. The opposing candidate must first file a complaint.
1. Definition for Primary Election
An election held preceding the general election for the purpose of nominating a party nominee to be voted for in the general election to fill a national, state, county, or district office.
2. Definition for Election
Any primary election, special primary election, special election, general election, or presidential preference primary election.
3. Definition for Candidate
Any person to whom any one or more of the following applies: