Amendment 3 - All Voters Vote In Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor and Cabinet
Brief Summary: Allows all registered voters to vote in primaries for state legislature, governor, and cabinet regardless of political party affiliation. All candidates for an office, including party nominated candidates, appear on the same primary ballot. Two highest vote getters advance to general election. If only two candidates qualify, no primary is held and winner is determined in general election. Candidate’s party affiliation may appear on ballot as provided by law. Effective January 1, 2024.
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Yes - For the Measure
No - Against the Measure
A Yes Vote Would...
-Help increase voter participation by allowing 3.8 million (of Florida’s 13.9 million) registered voters not affiliated with a major political party to vote in primary elections for State Legislature Cabinet and Governor
-Potentially lead to fewer minority candidates being elected to serve and represent their constituents in the Florida Legislature
-Potentially result in two candidates of the same political party running against one another in the same race in the General Election
-Potentially produce more competitive state races, and attract more moderate candidates to run for state offices
-Require third-party candidates to compete at the primary level to secure a spot on the general election ballot
-No longer enable unqualified write-in candidates to trigger a closed primary simply by entering a race for state office (Governor, Cabinet & Legislature) in which only candidates of a single political party are running
A No Vote Would...
-Continue the current closed Primary Election process for electing State Legislature, Cabinet and Governor, primarily maintaining two party control over state government
-Require unaffiliated voters to choose a major party to vote in a primary
-Retain voters current ability to elect candidates that more closely reflect and represent the racial makeup of their Legislative districts
-Ensure nominated candidates conform more closely and consistently with positions held by the two major political parties
-Continue to allow unqualified write-in candidates to trigger a closed primary simply by entering a race for state office (Governor, Cabinet & Legislature) in which only candidates of a single political party are running
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