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Ballot measure would temper both parties

As a general rule, when the public likes something and all the political pros in both parties really hate it, it must be pretty good.

Unfortunately, that little rubric is not among the criteria the Florida Supreme Court applies when deciding whether a constitutional amendment proposed by a public petition campaign gets on the ballot. The justices only check whether a proposal deals with a single subject and determine if its ballot summary accurately informs voters what the amendment does.

The high court now has before it proposals to radically change Florida politics. The initiative is called “All Voters Vote.”

Supporters will argue that letting everybody, regardless of party registration or lack of affiliation, choose nominees would enfranchise millions of non-Democrats and non-Republicans. Those non-party affiliates, known as NPAs, can vote on ballot issues but can’t select candidates in the primaries.

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