Closed primaries disenfranchise 3.7 million Florida voters. Let all voters vote. | Opinion

Nearly 225 years ago, George Washington warned the nation about the evils of political parties and partisanship. He did not know the half of it. All these years later, about half of new voters seem to agree with our first president, choosing to register to vote as “no party affiliation.” While this phenomena is well… Read more »

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…. Read more »

‘All Voters Vote’ Initiative Looks To Overhaul Florida Primaries. Would It Change Campaigns, Too?

A proposed citizens ballot initiative to let all voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote in primary elections could be headed to the 2020 ballot. One of its sponsors, Steve Vancore, believes the move would change the way Florida politicians campaign. “I have long studied voter behavior, I’ve been working on voter behavior, voter analysis for… Read more »

The odds on amendments: New regs, opposition pose challenges for 2020 ballot initiatives

Of the more than two dozen organizations trying to get constitutional amendments on the 2020 ballot by petition initiative, only a handful have a better than 50-50 chance of making it. House Bill 5, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis in early June, made it tougher to canvas and collect signatures with cumbersome restrictions that… Read more »

Proposal Could Allow Unaffiliated Voters To Participate In Florida Primaries

The Florida Supreme Court is reviewing a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow all registered voters in Florida—including the 3.2 million who are unaffiliated—to cast ballots in a primary election. Attorney General Ashley Moody sent the measure to the Supreme Court last week without raising any objections. The proposal would give Florida blanket primaries, commonly… Read more »