How many votes does it take to elect a Florida legislator?

More than two-thirds of Florida’s legislators were elected without a competitive race One in three legislators came into office without a single vote cast in their favor Low voter turnout, uncompetitive districts and term limits are factors  TALLAHASSEE – When Florida lawmakers return to Tallahassee for another redistricting special session on Oct. 19, they will… Read more »

How Party Insiders Have Thwarted the Will of Nearly Half of America’s Voters

The Federal Election Commission (FEC) recently found that the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) had not violated current rules on access to debates. That was no surprise – when you consider that the FEC, like the CPD, is divided between Democrats and Republicans. It’s a bipartisan, not non-partisan agency. What was surprising, however, was a joint statement that was just… Read more »

POINT OF VIEW: ‘Top two’ primary system more inclusive

I am writing in response to the Aug. 2 editorial, “Wanted: Primary system that pulls pols to the middle.” I fully endorse the “top two” primary initiative and intend to add my voice to the campaign — both to get this initiative on the ballot and to have Florida voters pass it as a constitutional… Read more »

‘All Voters Vote’ should be primary goal of Florida primaries

Too many Florida voters are being shut out of important elections. The new “All Voters Vote” initiative offers a thoughtful, practical solution. Disenfranchisement of independent voters is a growing problem. Except in rare cases, voters who choose to not align themselves with a major political party cannot vote in primaries. In the general election, they… Read more »

Editorial: Wanted: A primary system that pulls pols toward the middle

Who hates America’s political parties? More and more Americans, it seems. Allegiance to Democrats or Republicans is shrinking fast. The number of no-party-affiliated voters in Florida has increased nearly five-fold since 1990. They’re now 27 percent of the electorate. That share is expected rise to 29 percent by the 2016 election and to 33 percent… Read more »