Study: The Effect of California’s Nonpartisan Primary on Competition and Voter Confidence

With two election cycles under its belt, California’s nonpartisan primary system has shown positive results for electoral competition and voter confidence. Studies show that changing the first stage of the election from a private party nomination process to a nonpartisan public process results in more competitive elections, produces a more productive legislature, and enhances overall… Read more »

Progressives blast Florida Democratic Party on behalf of Wasserman-Schultz’s challenger

A dispute over access to voter data in a South Florida congressional race is highlighting a divide between the Florida Democratic Party and its progressive caucus. For the second time this month, leaders of the progressive caucus are openly criticizing their party leaders, this time on behalf of Debbie Wasserman Schultz‘s primary opponent. But the caucus’ complaints were immediately… Read more »

Voters Go Indie

Independents, voters who don’t identify with a political party, are the fastest growing part of Florida’s electorate. Last year for the first time, their numbers surpassed those of Democrats in Lee and Collier counties. They’ve become the second-largest part of the electorate in Broward, Miami-Dade, Okaloosa and Osceola counties as well. They’re easily out-pacing the growth… Read more »

Democrat? Republican? Nope. Youngest voters reject the parties

In Florida, independent voters can’t vote in primaries, and in Florida and in Duval County, the youngest voters are overwhelmingly refusing the Republican and Democratic parties. While about one in four Florida voters are independent, among voters 18 to 22, two out of five reject the major parties. These voters are more likely to reject… Read more »

Poll: Independent voters left out of the Florida primary are engaged and want to be included

As Florida voters head to the polls on Tuesday, an estimated 3.2 million registered voters — about 27 percent of the 12.3 million total — are shut out of influencing Florida’s choice. Independent or unaffiliated voters in Florida are not eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential primary — unless they decided months ago to switch… Read more »