No-party voters make campaigns more complex, partisan

Voters across Florida are increasingly snubbing the Democratic and Republican parties, and the trend has made earning support for candidates more complex and the races often more partisan, consultants say. As more voters opt for something other than the major parties, campaigns can become more divisive, especially during primaries when mainstream candidates have a narrower… Read more »

Neither red nor blue: Most new Florida voters reject both parties

The state of Florida is seeing an explosion in unaffiliated voters, many of them young and Hispanic, who are deserting the two major parties in droves and altering the composition of the electorate in the third-largest state. Within a decade, some experts predict, Florida will be a “triple-parity” state, with equal numbers of Republicans, Democrats… Read more »

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 »