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Open primaries: An idea whose time is long overdue

You, the people of Florida, spoke loudly and clearly.

You said you wanted more of a say in choosing your elected leaders in open primaries, where a lot more voters could influence state elections.

That was 21 years ago.

It was 1998 when nearly two-thirds of voters (64 percent) passed Amendment 11, which unlocked the state’s system of closed primaries to allow all voters to cast a ballot in a primary if only one party offered candidates. The amendment passed in 53 counties — in Broward, it got 71 percent of the vote.

But this is Florida, where the will of the people is easily thwarted

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