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Constitutional Amendment needed for closed primaries tactic

In the cynical world of party politics, many voters will have to change party registration just to have a voice.

According to a 1998 Constitutional Amendment, if there are only members of one political party qualified to vote, then primaries would be open to all voters.

Now, political parties in Florida don’t like that. So candidates file as write-ins in order to close the primary. The general election then becomes a formality with one candidate’s name on the ballot next to a space to write in a candidate’s name.

Republicans do it in North Florida.

Democrats do it in South Florida.

In Clay County, for instance, there are 76,331 Republicans but nearly as many Democrats and others — 64,303.

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