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Generally, the courts, in construing statutes relating to elections, hold that the same should receive a liberal construction in favor of the citizen whose right to vote they tend to restrict and in so doing to prevent disfranchisement of legal voters and the intention of the voters should prevail when counting ballots . . . . It is the intention of the law to obtain an honest expression of the will or desire of the voter. State ex rel. Carpenter v. Barber, 144 Fla. 159, 198 So. 49, 51 (Fla. 1940). See also State ex rel. Whitley v. Rinehart, 140 Fla. 645, 192 So. 819, 823 (Fla. 1939) ('Election laws should be construed liberally in favor of the right to vote . . . .').

Courts must not lose sight of the fundamental purpose of election laws: The laws are intended to facilitate and safeguard the right of each voter to express his or her will in the context of our representative democracy. See, e.g., State ex rel. Landis v. Dyer, 109 Fla. 33, 148 So. 201, 203 (Fla. 1933) ('The right to vote, though not inherent, is a constitutional right in this state. The ...

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