What is the All Voters Vote initiative?
It is a pair of amendments to the Florida Constitution that would let all voters vote in the primary elections for the Florida Legislature, Governor, Cabinet, United States Senate, and US House of Representatives, regardless of the political party affiliation of the voter or candidate. Currently, primaries are closed to all voters except those in a particular party—and those voters can only choose between candidates from their own party. With All Voters Vote, no voters are excluded based on party registration. This means that you can vote for the candidates of your choice—regardless of partisanship. It also means you cannot be forced to join a political party just to cast a meaningful ballot and have your voice heard.
Why is this needed?
The vast majority of races in Florida are decided in the closed party primaries—which excludes most voters. Those closed primaries are decided by the small, extreme wings of each party. Because of this, our elected leaders no longer have to answer to the majority of people, but only to a very small group of hyper-partisan voters. By giving all voters a chance to vote, politicians will become answerable to the majority of voters, not just a select few.
What can I do to help?
- Make a donation. Your financial support will help us reach more voters, gather more petitions, and achieve the goal of giving every registered Florida voter the right to vote in a primary election.
- Sign the petitions. The petitions can be downloaded here and here and must be printed out, signed, and mailed to us at: PO Box 652, Tallahassee, FL 32302.
- Encourage your friends and family to sign the petitions too! More information on collecting petitions can be found here.
What will it take to achieve this?
We need to amend Florida’s Constitution to replace the current closed party primary system with All Voters Vote. There is a lot to do to make that happen, but most importantly, we must gather enough petitions to put this measure on the 2020 General Election ballot where Florida voters will decide. That requires gathering more than 760,000 petitions throughout our state. After that, we must earn at least 60% of the vote in 2020.