Florida - Open Primaries
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Primary Elections State By State



  • Democratic congressional and state primaries: closed
  • Republican congressional and state primaries: closed
  • Democratic Presidential primary: closed
  • Republican Presidential primary: closed


Primary Type Definitions



  • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
  • 28% of registered voters in Florida are not registered with one of the two major political parties. 


Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

  • Voters must affiliate with a party to vote in primary elections. However, if all the candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face opposition in the general election (i.e. no write-in candidates have qualified), then all registered voters can vote for any of the candidates for that office in the primary election.
  • Voter registration closes 29 days before the election.

Campaign/State partners:

3.6 million independent voters - 28% of all registered Floridians - are currently barred from participating in the taxpayer funded primary elections. 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.

Open primaries was the second most popular issue brought before the Florida Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) at nine public hearings held across the state last year, with dozens of Floridians flocking to speak and thousands more signing an online petition in support.  With recent polling finding 70% of Florida voters-Republicans, Democratsand independents-supporting open primaries, the state has reached a tipping point.

Florida Fair and Open Primaries (FFAOP), a grassroots non-partisan organization based in Florida, is standing with the people of Florida who are demanding the right to votefor every registered voter and is organizing Floridians in support.

All Voters Vote, has launched a campaign to put a top two open primary ballot initiative before Florida voters in 2020. Despite efforts from both the Republican and Democratic parties of Florida, the initiative (Prop 3) has been approved by the FL Supreme Court to be on the ballot for Floridians to vote on in November 2020.

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published this page in What's happening in your state? 2015-06-09 17:16:51 -0400