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Florida’s closed primaries disenfranchise registered voters

In the General Election of 2020, Amendment 3, “All Voters Vote” will be on the ballot. The amendment changes how the state conducts primaries.

In an open primary, all registered voters receive the same ballot. In a closed primary, a voter must be registered as one of three categories: Democratic, Republican, or minor party/no party affiliation. Voters with no party affiliation can’t vote.

Over the years the number of registered voters in Florida has been divided approximately in one-third for each of the three categories. Today you receive a ballot for candidates in your affiliations and nonpartisan candidates. Republicans receive a Republican ballot and nonpartisan, Democrats receive a Democratic ballot with nonpartisan candidates, and voters with no party affiliation receive a ballot with nonpartisan candidates only.

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