Nationally, 48% of next-generation voters (age 18 to 35) are not affiliated with a political party and do not like party-politics. - NPR, Feb. 28, 2016.
Every 20 years, Florida convenes the Constitution Revision Commission. It’s a group of 37 political appointees that have the power to put constitutional amendments before the voters in 2018. Coming on the heels of the most destructive and divisive presidential campaigns ever, it’s a welcome opportunity for Floridians to demand the commission help fix our broken elections.
Now more than ever, Florida needs to shift to open primary elections in order to accommodate the rapidly growing number of independent voters that are now a larger group of voters nationally than the Democrats or Republicans: 39% of all voters now identify themselves as "independent" rather than affiliated with one of the two major political parties, according to a 2014 analysis by the Pew Research Center, compared to 32% Democrats and 23% Republicans.
Millennial (18 to 33-year-old) voters are 48% Independents vs 28% Democrats or 18% Republicans. This growing number is especially true in Colorado, Arizona and Florida. Unfortunately, because Florida has CLOSED primary elections, it is also true that potential voters are being punished for not joining a political party at least 30 days before every primary election.
Read More: NPR, Feb. 28, 2016
A huge influx of Puerto Rican voters is only compounding the problems associated with getting people to register with a party-affiliation or change their party affiliation 30 days before primary elections. Puerto Rican voters are not registered as members of the Democratic or Republican parties. They are used to voting independently for candidates represented by a dozen or more political parties.
In 2014, there were more than 300,000 people from Puerto Rico living in Central Florida, with an estimated 100 families coming to Florida every week, due to the failed economy of Puerto Rico.
Source: WFTV9 - ABC, Jan. 10, 2014
BernieSanders campaigned for OPEN Primary elections in all 50 states in 2016.
Florida, unfortunately is a CLOSED primary state, which means voters must register "Democrat" or "Republican" at least 29 days before the primary in order to vote for a candidate affiliated with the Democrats or Republicans... even though taxpayer money is used to pay for the elections, and third-party candidates have not stood a chance to win against the big-money politicians.
Let's face it: The "Closed" primary system is what keeps the party-system in power instead of the people. But you can do something about this.
Please sign the petition and pledge to support a Florida Constitutional Amendment calling for Open Primary Elections: Sign Petition.
Thousands of people have written to the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC.) Send your support letter of 2,000 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also visit the CRC website for public hearings and public updates. Look for public hearings at: http://flcrc.gov/