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Petitions Launched to Open Florida’s Primaries

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:26 AM

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Steve Hough

Director, Florida Fair and Open Primaries, Inc.

850-381-8435

shough.flopenprimary@gmail.com

Southport, FL (July 18, 2018) – Florida Fair and Open Primaries (FFAOP), a grassroots non- partisan organization based in Florida, has launched two petitions for ballot initiatives to open the primaries to all voters in the state. Currently under Florida’s closed system, voters must join a political party to vote in the primaries. 

That means that over 3.4 million independent Florida voters-27% of all registered voters in the state - are currently barred from voting in primary elections that they pay for with their tax dollars. They will once again be disenfranchised from upcoming primary elections on August 28th. For many Florida voters, the primary election is the only election that matters, with a mere 16% of general election races in the state considered competitive in 2016

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Voters Condemn CRC Vote to Keep Florida’s Primaries Closed

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:23 AM

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February 1, 2018

CONTACT

Jeremy Gruber

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

 Tallahassee, FL – February 1, 2018 – A coalition of voters, led by Florida-based reform groups Progress for All and Florida Fair and Open Primaries heavily criticized the Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) General Provisions Committee for failing to pass a proposal today that would have opened Florida’s primaries to the 3.4 million independent voters who are currently barred from voting in the state’s taxpayer funded primaries The proposal had already passed the Ethics and Elections Committee after much debate and multiple hearings at which over a dozen Floridians and non-partisan organizations such as the League of Women Voters spoke out in support.

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Voters Hail CRC Vote to Open the Primaries in Florida

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:18 AM

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January 26, 2018

CONTACT

Jeremy Gruber

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

Tallahassee, FL – January 26, 2018 – A working coalition of voters, led by Florida-based reform groups Progress for All and Florida Fair and Open Primaries hailed the Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) Ethics and Elections Committee for passing Commissioner Schifino’s proposal to open Florida’s primaries to the 3.4 million independent voters who are currently barred from voting in the state’s taxpayer funded primary elections. Non-partisan organizations, such as the League of Women Voters, joined the chorus of support for open primaries before the Ethics and Elections Committee

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Delegate Sam Rasoul Champions Bill to “Fix Virginia’s Politics”

Posted on April 04, 2019 at 9:12 AM

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January 10, 2018

CONTACT

Jeremy Gruber

jgruber@openprimaries.org

(609) 610-1602

Richmond, VA – January 10, 2018 – In response to growing voter dissatisfaction with the state of Virginia’s politics,Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) is introducing a bill in the Virginia House of Delegates today that would take Virginia’s primary elections out of the hands of both political parties and put them squarely in the hands of the voters.

 

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Democratic Party’s “Unity Reform Commission” Inaction on Opening the Primaries Condemned by Electoral Reform Group

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 10:30 AM

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December 8, 2017

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

New York – December 8, 2017 – Today Open Primaries, a non-partisan electoral reform organization, condemned the Democratic Party’s Unity Reform Commission (URC) for its inaction on opening primary elections nationwide.

The URC was established at the 2016 Democratic Convention in response to voters’ frustration with the 2016 election season and the conflicts between supporters of candidates Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton. It was tasked with offering recommended rule changes to the DNC Rules Committee ahead of the 2020 presidential primaries.

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Voters Hail Resolution to Open the Primaries in Florida

Posted on November 09, 2017 at 3:10 PM

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November 9, 2017

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

Miami, FL – November 9, 2017 – A broad and diverse coalition, led by Florida-based reform groups Progress for All and Florida Fair and Open Primaries hailed Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) member Bill Schifino’s newly introduced proposal to open Florida’s primaries to the 3.4 million independent voters who are currently barred from voting in the state’s primary elections.

The coalition is now calling on the entire Commission to embrace Mr. Schifino’s proposal and give Floridians the chance to vote for open primaries in 2018.

Open primaries was one of the most popular topics brought before the CRC at nine public hearings held across the state earlier this year. Dozens of Floridians showed up and spoke in favor of changing the current rules, which exclude independents and limit the choices of Democrats and Republicans. Hundreds more submitted written statements of support and individual Commissioners have received thousands of emails and postcards, along with a 9,000 signature petition, supporting open primaries.

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Voters To Demand Open Primaries Tomorrow At Florida Hearing

Posted on October 03, 2017 at 3:55 PM

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October 3, 2017

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

Miami, FL – October 3, 2017 – The Florida Constitution Revision Commission Ethics and Elections Committee begins their first day of deliberations tomorrow and open primaries activists will be in attendance to testify and present over 6,000 signatures from voters across the state in support of a submission demanding the reform of the state’s outdated and exclusionary primary system.

Florida’s current election system bars 3.4 million independent voters – well over a quarter of registered voters in the state -- from casting their votes in primary elections. A recent poll found broad support for reforming the state’s primary elections, with 73% of Floridians-including supermajorities of Republican, Democrat and independent voters-supporting having the Constitution Revision Commission put an open primaries initiative before the voters.

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Voters Across Florida Crowd Hearings To Demand Open Primaries

Posted on May 18, 2017 at 11:26 AM

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May 18, 2017

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

Miami, FL – May 18, 2017 – The Florida Constitution Revision Commission concluded their first round of public hearings before a capacity crowd last night in Tampa, where dozens of Floridians spoke out for the need to reform the state’s outdated and exclusionary primary system. The Tampa hearing was the last of nine public hearings held across the state--from Miami to Jacksonville-by the Commission since March. Open primaries has emerged as a central topic since the first hearing and throughout the process.

Over the last two months, scores of Floridians have publicly shared their experiences of being locked out of voting and encouraged the Commissioners to put a primary reform measure on the ballot. Their testimony has been as diverse as it was heartfelt. For example, Giancarlo Espinosa from Key West drove almost 200 miles to testify at the Miami hearing in April where he declared: “We need to stop preventing citizens of the United States of America from participating in the political process.”

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Poll Shows Florida Voters Want Open Primaries

Posted on March 28, 2017 at 3:25 PM

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March 28, 2017

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

Miami, FL – March 28, 2017 – Today Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, Progress for All, a grassroots political and community action group, and Florida Fair and Open Primaries, a grassroots organization dedicated to enacting open primaries in Florida, released the results of a statewide survey of Florida voters that finds overwhelming discontent with the state’s political environment. It identifies broad support for reforming the state’s primary elections.

92% of Florida voters want their elected officials to put the interests of Florida voters ahead of the interests of their own political party. 93% of Florida voters want their elected leaders to bring opposing interests together to create good policies for the state and 87% of voters support electoral changes that expand democracy in Florida. 74% of Floridians want independent voters—27% of the Florida electorate—included in primary elections and 73% of Floridians-including supermajorities of Republican, Democrat and independent voters-want the Constitution Revision Commission, which begins public hearings tomorrow, to put an open primaries initiative before the voters.

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Poll Reveals Maine Voters Frustration With Partisanship

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 2:30 PM

CONTACT
Jeremy Gruber
Senior Vice President
jgruber@openprimaries.org
(609) 610-1602

Portland, ME – March 21, 2017 – Mainers for Open Elections, a state organization working for open elections at all levels, and Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, released a new survey that shines a light on the disconnect between Maine voters and the current political system. The survey identifies broad support for reforming the state’s primary elections.

81% of Maine voters feel that Congressional representatives do “what’s best for their party” rather than the voters. 87% support electoral changes that foster more accountability to the voters. 80% of Mainers want independent voters— who make up 37% of Maine’s electorate—included in primary elections.

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