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FL Supreme Court rejects late challenge to Amendment 3, which would end party primaries

BY: - October 28, 2020

The Florida Supreme Court has dismissed a late legal challenge to the proposed Constitutional Amendment 3, which would end partisan political primary elections in Florida in favor of a “top two” system in which Republicans, Democrats, and nonaffiliated voters would participate. In a unanimous ruling on Wednesday, the justices rejected a petition filed on Oct. […]

Amendment 3 sponsor criticizes Supreme Court challenge as ‘political stunt;’ state asks justices not to interfere

BY: - October 21, 2020

Attorneys for Secretary of State Laurel Lee have asked the Florida Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge to proposed Amendment 3 — the measure that could overturn the state’s primary elections process if voters approve. The request comes within two weeks of the general election on Nov. 3, with Amendment 3 already on the ballot […]

FL Supreme Court gives elections officials a deadline to respond to legal attack on primary ballot initiative

BY: - October 15, 2020

The Florida Supreme Court has given Secretary of State Laurel Lee until Tuesday to respond to a petition that could block enforcement of the proposed Amendment 3, which would replace the state’s party primaries with a “top two” or “jungle” primary. The legal wrangling comes as the Nov. 3 elections draws near. Republican House Speaker-designate […]

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Should all voters participate in the primaries regardless of political parties?

BY: - October 2, 2020

Had Amendment 3 — the proposed Constitutional amendment that promises to tear down Florida’s political primaries and build them anew — been the law in 2018, the general election candidates for governor that year arguably might have been two Republicans. The Democratic candidate, Andrew Gillum, would already have been eliminated. We can explain: The amendment, […]

FL independent voters on the rise, pushing to overhaul a century-old primary election system

BY: - December 3, 2019

In a rare display of unity, Republicans and Democrats will be in a courtroom today arguing against a proposed state constitutional amendment that would change the way Florida elects governors, state Cabinet members and state lawmakers. Lawyers for the two parties will appear before the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday in joint opposition to an […]

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Fl Democrats, Republicans unite against amendment allowing independents to vote in primary elections

BY: - October 2, 2019

Representatives from both the Florida Republican and Democratic parties filed legal briefs this week with the Florida Supreme Court registering opposition to the proposed “All Voters Vote” constitutional amendment. Florida is a “closed primary” state, meaning only voters registered with the Democratic or Republican parties can vote in party primary elections for the Legislature, governor and […]

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“All Voters Vote:” The campaign for open election primaries in Florida

BY: - May 15, 2019

There has been a real Washingtonization of politics in Florida. Gridlock, hyper-partisanship, corruption, favors for moneyed interests — politics in Florida have become toxic. So many promises have been broken and commitments betrayed, all within the prism of party politics. It’s no wonder that a survey of Florida voters found 93% want elected leaders that put […]