Top-two primary proposal closes in on 2020 ballot

Barring a reversal in fortunes, a Constitutional amendment that would change Florida primaries will make the 2020 ballot. The All Voters Vote (AVV) committee would open up Florida’s primary elections for state Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet to all voters, including independents, starting in 2024, setting up a “top-two” system. At least in theory, this could enhance partisan… Read more »

Closed primaries disenfranchise 3.7 million Florida voters. Let all voters vote. | Opinion

Nearly 225 years ago, George Washington warned the nation about the evils of political parties and partisanship. He did not know the half of it. All these years later, about half of new voters seem to agree with our first president, choosing to register to vote as “no party affiliation.” While this phenomena is well… Read more »

Ballot measure would temper both parties

As a general rule, when the public likes something and all the political pros in both parties really hate it, it must be pretty good. Unfortunately, that little rubric is not among the criteria the Florida Supreme Court applies when deciding whether a constitutional amendment proposed by a public petition campaign gets on the ballot…. Read more »

‘All Voters Vote’ Initiative Looks To Overhaul Florida Primaries. Would It Change Campaigns, Too?

A proposed citizens ballot initiative to let all voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote in primary elections could be headed to the 2020 ballot. One of its sponsors, Steve Vancore, believes the move would change the way Florida politicians campaign. “I have long studied voter behavior, I’ve been working on voter behavior, voter analysis for… Read more »

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 »