All voters vote? The parties aren’t so sure about that | Cotterell

If there’s one thing Democrats and Republicans can unite behind, it’s the idea that what’s good for them is good for Florida — for America, for history, for all of humanity. That’s why the open-primary idea fails any time some naive legislator files such a bill in the Legislature, and why it took a public petition campaign to get it… Read more »

All Voters Vote ballot initiative looks to end Florida’s closed primary system

The party makeup of Florida’s electorate has changed quite a bit in recent years. There are currently more than 3.6 million voters registered as No Party Affiliation – that’s more than 1 in 4 voters – and because of Florida’s closed party primary system, those voters – as well as people registered to smaller parties – are unable to cast votes… Read more »

MARK LANE: Amendment would bring jungle primaries to Florida

It’s harder now to get state constitutional changes on the ballot by petition. But that doesn’t mean groups have stopped trying. A proposed amendment with the heading “All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet” is getting close to its goal of allowing all Florida voters to participate in state primary elections…. Read more »

Brent Batten: ‘Jungle’ primary ballot amendment nearing signature goal

There’s an inherent conflict with the two-party political system Floridians are accustomed to. On one hand, the parties are private organizations that can form their own platforms and decide which candidates will represent them. On the other hand, those candidates are selected in primary elections that are paid for by taxpayers. Why are taxpayers footing… Read more »

‘I’m very scared about our future’: Florida billionaire pitches jungle primary to fight political extremism

A billionaire who quit the Republican Party out of disdain for President Donald Trump is spending millions of dollars in a bid to establish a “jungle primary“ system in Florida, a move that could upend the state’s political landscape. And as the political battleground preps for the upcoming presidential campaign, party leaders aren’t happy. Mike… Read more »