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, cabinet, and as our governor. With taxpayer funded closed partisan primaries in highly gerrymandered districts, the vast majority of Florida voters are currently prohibited from voting in important elections, and Florida is one of only 9 states with a closed partisan primaries.
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.
What the Amendment does:
- Allows All Voters to Vote in primary elections for legislature, governor, and cabinet, regardless of the political party affiliation of the voter or candidate.
- 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 exclude registered qualified voters.
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.
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 NOT do:
- Allowing all qualified registered voters to vote in taxpayer-funded elections will not impact the existence of political parties nor will it hurt voters who enjoy belonging to a political party. Parties will still have all the rights they currently have – as they should. This initiative will allow parties to operate as they always have with one notable exception: in taxpayer-funded public elections, they cannot exclude qualified registered voters from voting.