Burhans: Proposal lets all voters vote

State Sen. Joe Gruters recently wrote of his opposition to the proposed All Voters Vote Amendment. His column illustrates a number of misconceptions about the proposal, begging this response. All Voters Vote is a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution designed to allow all qualified registered voters to vote in primaries for the Florida Legislature,… Read more »

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 »