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FL Voters Unlikely to be Able to Vote for Semi-Closed Primaries

Thanks to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News for this post.

The Florida Constitutional Revision Commission has the Power to put proposed Amendments on the Ballot with No Petition needed, every 20 years, including 2018.

Florida currently has Closed Primaries, except when members of only a Single Party file for a particular Office, then the Primary for that Office is Open to All Voters.

Activists who want a Semi-Closed Primary , or a Top-Two Primary, tried to persuade the Commission to put either or both ideas on the 2018 Ballot. But on January 19th, the Sub-Committee of the Commission that deals with Election Law ideas Rejected both ideas. It is conceivable, but unlikely, that the full Commission could Override the Sub-Committee.

However, the Sub-Committee did Vote in favor of one Change: For those Offices that have an Open Primary because only Members of one Party filed, the Change will be that Write-In Candidates in the General Election for such Offices will be deemed to be Members of that same Party. This Change will increase the number of Offices for which the Primary is Open to All Voters.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker


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FL Voters Unlikely to be Able to Vote for Semi-Closed Primaries


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