Florida Elections Chief Resigns After Blackface Photos Emerge

Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigned just hours after he testified about election lawsuits before a state legislative committee.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s top elections official has abruptly resigned after a newspaper obtained pictures of him in blackface posing as a Hurricane Katrina victim. Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigned Thursday afternoon just hours after he testified about election lawsuits before a state legislative committee. The Tallahassee Democrat obtained pictures taken at a Halloween party 14 years ago that show Ertel dressed in blackface. The photos were taken two months after the deadly…

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