Matt Gaetz rival Rebekah Jones allowed back on Florida ballot

Rebekah Jones, a Democratic hopeful for Florida's 1st Congressional District, is allowed back on the ballot for the race for Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R-FL) congressional seat for the

primary race Tuesday. Jones, the former Florida COVID-19 dashboard manager who gained national attention for claims she was instructed to manipulate pandemic data, was

booted from the ballot earlier this month after a lower court deemed her ineligible due to a party registration swap last year. The Florida First District Court of Appeal reversed

that decision Monday. MAN SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTING TO EXTORT $25 MILLION FROM MATT GAETZ’S FAMILY "Rebekah Jones appreciates the speed and certainty of the

Florida First District Court of Appeal in soundly rejecting her opponent’s last-minute litigation while the election was underway. The Voters now have the real opportunity to put

Rebekah Jones on the General Election Ballot," Jones's lawyer Benedict Kuehne said in a statement, per WTSP. Under Florida law, candidates must have been registered with

their party for a minimum of one year before the qualification deadline for a primary. Jones briefly switched her party affiliation from Democrat to unaffiliated in June 2021 when

mulling a congressional bid. Her chief primary opponent, Peggy Schiller, filed a lawsuit over her eligibility status and won in the Leon County Circuit Court earlier this

month. The appeals court issued a stay in that ruling the following week, temporarily placing her back on the ballot. The decision Monday permanently allows Jones back on the

ballot.