Once-in-a-Generation Opportunity to Open Florida’s Closed Primary - Open Primaries
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Posted by jesse shayne on May 03, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The Time Has Come to Open Florida’s Closed Primary

Over 3.5 million independent voters are locked out of Florida's primary, and they have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change that.

Next year, Floridians will vote on amendments to the state constitution, proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). The CRC is holding public hearings across the state to learn what Florida voters want to see on the ballot in 2018.

We've been working with our friends at Florida Fair and Open Primaries, Progress for All, and IndependentVoting.org to organize open primaries supporters who want to be heard at the CRC hearings.

And in the past few weeks, open primaries has gotten a groundswell of endorsements from concerned newspapers and media influencers, who recognize that Florida desperately needs electoral reform.

Last Tuesday, the Sun Sentinel editorial board editorialized on the negative impact of closed primaries.

Florida's closed primary system cuts out independents, who make up nearly one-fourth of the electorate and could moderate the major parties by preventing primary challenges from either extreme.

The Orlando Sentinel then published the same piece.

On Wednesday, the Gainesville Sun made a plug for open primaries and other voting reform measures:

The commission should consider these [open primaries] and other reforms that would expand voter participation and reduce partisanship.

And earlier in April, the Tallahassee Democrat took a strong stand for electoral reform in Florida, publishing an editorial entitled “Elections issues should be at top of CRC’s agenda.

NBC even covered our efforts.

All of this, of course, coming after media outlets across the state covered our Florida poll in late March.

Newspapers in Florida are clearly attuned to the negative repercussions of closed primaries and their ability to worsen partisanship and polarization. They're speaking out about independent voters' rights. And they're making it clear that Florida needs electoral reform.

As more and more media outlets endorse open primaries, it's clear that our issue is resonating. 

Florida is the largest closed primary state in the country. A victory there would have serious consequences nationally and in other states.


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commented 2017-05-04 07:58:57 -0400 · Flag
In light of the hearing about the DNCFraudLawsuit ,where the lawyer argued DNC has a right to pick it’s own nominee, would it be more or less important to have open primaries? Can’t wait to hear what the judge has to say.
commented 2017-05-03 23:07:00 -0400 · Flag
We want to make our own choices,
not conform to the status quo of the “two lesser evils”!!
commented 2017-05-03 19:53:33 -0400 · Flag
This is ridiculous. Open the primaries and LET PEOPLE VOTE.
commented 2017-05-03 18:20:11 -0400 · Flag
Open primaries ensure that everyone can participate in voicing their choices. Best option for a Democracy where all citizens have a voice.