We are Florida voters who believe that every voter should have the right to cast a meaningful ballot. That is why we support the All Voters Vote Initiative.

Current Florida law prohibits most voters from voting in the elections that will determine who serves in our legislature and in our Congress. With taxpayer funded closed partisan primaries in highly gerrymandered districts, the vast majority of Florida voters are currently prohibited from voting in elections that matter.

Millions of voters pay taxes to run elections in which they cannot vote.  How is that fair?

We believe that for the future of our state, we must change that.

We believe that ALL voters should be allowed to vote.

That is why we support elections that not only allow, but also encourage, ALL VOTERS to vote regardless of political or party affiliation.

Allowing ALL registered voters the chance to vote in primary elections will help make our government more responsive to the people.

Partisan extremism has divided our country and our state, while the major parties are increasingly dominated by their fringes. Voter isolation and dissatisfaction continue to rise.

As a result of growing dissatisfaction, the number of unaffiliated voters has grown 400% as a percentage of the electorate since 1990.

And the trend will continue. 55 percent graphic 2

In a few short years, the number of voters with no party affiliation will be as many as those registered with either of the major parties. But, without changing the law, they will be blocked from voting in the elections that matter most.

What the Amendment does:

  • Allows All Voters to Vote in each primary — regardless of party affiliation.
  • Creates a single primary for each office — all candidates for an office appear on the same ballot, regardless of party affiliation.
  • Top two voter getters in primary advance to general election.
  • Prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to fund elections that block qualified.

What the Amendment does NOT do:

  • The Amendment does NOT allow non-party members to choose a party’s candidate; political parties still retain the ability to choose their own nominees – who then go through the Top Two primary and voters can still register with the party of their choice.

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