Democracy in Florida needs a reset. Let all voters vote in primary elections. | Editorial

A short-handed state Supreme Court, with two of seven justices gone to the federal bench, heard arguments this week on whether voters can loosen the shackles of partisanship and create open primary elections. All Voters Vote is pushing a 2020 ballot initiative to tear down a century-old closed primary system and replace it with one that looks… Read more »

Editorial: Should all voters vote? Absolutely.

If, in Florida’s Legislature, you find Democrats and Republicans marching in lockstep, be afraid — be very afraid. The two parties who could not agree on armoring our schools following the Parkland shootings, have now joined forces to fight a proposed amendment to Florida’s Constitution. Remember first, the constitutional amendment process was put into place… Read more »

FL independent voters on the rise, pushing to overhaul a century-old primary election system. But what will the FL Supreme Court say?

In a rare display of unity, Republicans and Democrats will be in a courtroom today arguing against a proposed state constitutional amendment that would change the way Florida elects governors, state Cabinet members and state lawmakers. Lawyers for the two parties will appear before the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday in joint opposition to an… Read more »

Open primaries amendment has enough signatures for 2020 ballot

A proposed constitutional amendment that would allow voters to cast a ballot in primary elections regardless of party affiliation has enough signatures to make the 2020 ballot. The initiative, backed by political committee All Voters Vote, had 767,236 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. Constitutional amendments need 766,200 signatures… Read more »

It’s time to let all voters vote in Florida

I recently joined the 30 percent of Florida voters who declare themselves independents. I did it for the same reasons as most ex-partisan voters: I had reached my limit. I was sick and tired of inter-party political hypocrisy and deceptive leadership. Unlike many independents, though, I witnessed the partisan rot from the inside. For over… Read more »