Published: May 29, 2012 8:10 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's elections office says voters should only see a candidate's name on the ballot and not any titles or degrees.
The state Division of Elections last week sent out a legal opinion stating that the only time a title - like M.D. - should appear on the ballot is when there are two similar names that might cause confusion for voters.
Director Gisela Salas sent the opinion to Martin County Supervisor of Elections Vicki Davis. Davis asked about it after a local candidate for property appraiser wanted to list professional qualifications next to his name of the ballot.
Salas in her opinion stated candidates can tell voters about their qualifications through campaigning or advertising.
The opinion is legally binding in Martin County, but other election supervisors generally follow them.

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