The odds on amendments: New regs, opposition pose challenges for 2020 ballot initiatives

Of the more than two dozen organizations trying to get constitutional amendments on the 2020 ballot by petition initiative, only a handful have a better than 50-50 chance of making it. House Bill 5, signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis in early June, made it tougher to canvas and collect signatures with cumbersome restrictions that… Read more »

Proposal Could Allow Unaffiliated Voters To Participate In Florida Primaries

The Florida Supreme Court is reviewing a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow all registered voters in Florida—including the 3.2 million who are unaffiliated—to cast ballots in a primary election. Attorney General Ashley Moody sent the measure to the Supreme Court last week without raising any objections. The proposal would give Florida blanket primaries, commonly… Read more »

Proposal would allow Florida voters to cast primary ballots without party affiliation

A proposal to change Florida’s primary voting regulations could offer voters more freedom, but would also turn the process on its head. A proposed constitutional amendment that would revamp Florida’s primary-elections process has been formally sent to the state Supreme Court for review of the ballot wording. Attorney General Ashley Moody says she looked at the… Read more »

Should you be allowed to vote for any candidate you want in the primary election?

Right now in Florida, registered voters can only vote for the candidate running in the party they’re registered with. But that could change if one group gets its way. If voters agree to an “open primary,” it would give thousands of no-party affiliation voters, often referred to as independents, a chance to vote. No party… Read more »

2020 Ballot Proposals Gaining Steam

Four proposed constitutional amendments have cracked 300,000 petition signatures, inching closer to making the 2020 ballot. An amendment that would change primary elections for state offices has notched 363,411 signatures as of Wednesday. The proposal — backed by political committee All Voters Vote and heavily financed by billionaire GOP donor Mike Fernandez — would allow  “all registered voters to vote… Read more »