There’s often confusion and consternation about voting in primary elections. Each state has its own rules and voters must be vigilant to preserve their voting rights. Those rights are part of the blessings of living in a Republic.
Florida is one of a number of so-called “closed primary” states. That simply means that only registered Democrats or Republicans may vote for their candidates in primary elections.
This is the notice circulated by Supervisor Jennifer Edwards on the important subject:
“Florida is a ‘Closed Primary’ state. Only registered Democrats and Republicans may vote for their respective candidate in the upcoming Primary Elections- the Presidential Preference Primary (date not yet determined by the Legislature) and the August 14, 2012 Primary. This is why it’s important to choose a party affiliation when you choose to vote. You’ll be registered without party affiliation if you do not make a choice on the voter application form. To change party affiliation or to choose a party, you can complete a new voter registration application form. To be eligible to vote in a Primary Election, your party affiliation change must be made at least 29 days before the election.
However, if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will not face opposition in the General Election, all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the Primary Election for that office. Moreover, all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote on issues and nonpartisan candidates in a Primary Election.”
If there are any questions about the requirements, citizens may contact Cyndi Young, Education Coordinator, Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office on the internet: CynthiaYoung@CollierGov.net, or by telephone: (239) 252-8805.
This is important information to know and understand to preserve and protect voting rights.