‘Open primaries’ effort has now raised more than $6 million for initiative campaign

With June finance reports filed, a political committee behind an amendment to open primaries crossed a fundraising threshold. The All Voters Vote (AVV) committee would open up Florida’s primary elections for House and Senate to all voters, including independents, starting in 2024, setting up a “top-two” system. The citizen initiative proposes that “all registered voters (may) vote in primaries… Read more »

3 Florida Ballot Proposals Dominate Signature Gathering

With backers trying to get a series of high-profile constitutional amendments on the 2020 ballot, three proposals are dominating the critical process of collecting petition signatures. As of Wednesday morning, the political committee Citizens for Energy Choices had submitted 339,553 signatures for a ballot proposal that would require major changes and deregulation in Florida’s electric… Read more »

Election, assault weapon proposals ready for court

TALLAHASSEE — Proposed constitutional amendments that would revamp Florida’s primary elections and ban “assault” weapons took a key step Wednesday as supporters have submitted enough petition signatures to trigger reviews by the state Supreme Court. Both proposals have cleared a 76,632-signature threshold that makes them eligible to go to the Supreme Court. The Florida Division… Read more »

Off to court: Open primaries amendment reaches judicial review threshold

On Wednesday, All Voters Vote announced that its petition drive for the 2020 statewide ballot got enough petitions to warrant judicial review. With 132,604 petitions, the proposed Constitutional amendment already has nearly a fifth of what it will need to get on the ballot, but is surging quickly in that direction. “The All Voters Vote Amendment replaces taxpayer-funded… Read more »

Push to open Florida primaries clears first hurdle

Organizers behind two ballot initiatives that could shake up Florida’s elections announced today they have gathered enough signatures to trigger review by the state Supreme Court. All Voters Vote Chairman Glenn Burhans said his group has collected nearly 77,000 signatures in its quest to make the 2020 ballot. All Voters Vote is trying to get… Read more »