Florida’s current closed primary system means that the 3.25 million registered independents – roughly 27% of Florida’s voters, the fastest growing part of the electorate, are ineligible to cast their vote in the March 15th primary. As of Tuesday morning, over 690,000 Republicans and 541,000 Democrats have cast either in-person early votes or via absentee ballots. morning. In all, more than 1.2 million ballots have been cast, while just 23,000 independents have voted on other local candidates or issues on their respective ballots.
And those independent voters are getting sick of being shut out.
That’s the findings of a poll from Open Primaries, a national nonprofit group advocating for open and nonpartisan primary systems.
On Tuesday, the group released a survey that showed overwhelming support for changing Florida to an open primary system, where independents would be eligible to vote in primary elections. Currently in Florida, one must be registered as either a Republican or Democrat a full month before voting takes place to be eligible to vote.