It’s time to change the way Florida votes

You said no to gerrymandering. You legalized medical marijuana. You restored voting rights for ex-felons. Up next: Floridians may have the chance to reform the way the entire state votes. I say: Bring … it … on. A campaign is quietly taking shape — one involving hundreds of thousands of dollars from bipartisan sources —… Read more »

Editorial: The write-in loophole is unfair to voters. Let’s end it.

A recent series of ethics complaints against write-in candidates brought by Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, a Democrat, along with Florida Constitution Revision Commission member Sherry Plymale, a Republican, has rightly brought attention to the deceptive, but increasingly common, political strategy of using write-in candidates to limit who can vote in primaries. Read more…

Partisanship and Political Animosity in 2016

The 2016 campaign is unfolding against a backdrop of intense partisan division and animosity. Partisans’ views of the opposing party are now more negative than at any point in nearly a quarter of a century. For the first time in surveys dating to 1992, majorities in both parties express not just unfavorable but very unfavorable… Read more »

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… Read more »

Undemocratic San Diego Primaries Exclude Vast Majority of Voters

Democracy works best when the greatest number of people participate. It is on the basis of that core belief that the Independent Voter Project wrote Prop. 14, a ballot measure that changed the state’s primary system, in 2010. Under the new top-two rule, California’s primary elections were transformed from partisan to nonpartisan elections for all… Read more »