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Opening primaries to more voters would be a win for democracy

There is something anti-democratic about the way Florida shuts voters out of primaries. That’s democratic, small “D,” because both parties tend to play favorites.

While an increasing number of Floridians are declaring themselves independents, they often are shut out of deciding who will represent them. Here’s the deal: When every candidate comes from one party, the primary becomes open, serving as the general election, meaning everyone can vote.

But if there is a write-in candidate, the primary closes. That means in the general election, voters will see one name and a line to write in a candidate. It’s a sham that voters are shut out from the real election.

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