VOTE YES ON AMENDMENT 3
Voter Nominated Top Two Open Primary
Florida Fair And Open Primaries is a grassroots, nonpartisan, ALL volunteer, non-funded organization that supports adding a constitutional amendment to the election ballot to change Florida primary elections from a closed political party system to a Voter Nominated Top Two Open Primary System. Our organization has been working toward this goal since 2012.
YOU can help us accomplish the goal of having ALL candidates appear on a single
ballot and ALL voters choose candidates regardless of party affiliation.
The Top Two vote getters in the primary compete in the General Election.
The simple truth is that Voter Nominated Top Two Open Primaries:
• Gives ALL voters a voice where it counts- IN A PRIMARY ELECTION.
• Gives Voice to over 3.6 million No Party Affiliation (NPA) & Minor Party Voters.
• Uses our Tax Dollars for primaries where ALL voters are allowed to participate.
• Requires candidates to campaign on ideas and solutions instead of party
• Retains party rights to associate and select candidates of their choice.
• Requires candidates to listen to and appeal to a broader general electorate base.
• Eliminates the spoiler effect in general elections.
Florida is one of only eleven states that still have closed primaries where only members of a political party may vote in their party's primary. Taxpayers finance these primaries. The taxes of NPAs are used to finance the selection of candidates without their having a say in which candidate should be selected. Due to the number of safe districts resulting from gerrymandering, outcomes of general elections are decided in the primary for the majority of seats. In 2016, a mere 16% of Florida races were considered competitive.
Polls show the number of Americans identifying as independents or No Party Affiliation is surpassing that of Democrats or Republican in many states. In Florida, NPAs represent 27% of our electorate, and NPAs are the second largest voting block in many counties. This disconnect between the growing independence of the citizenry and the highly partisan nature of our governing process is creating an unhealthy situation for our democratic framework of electing representatives.
We support, and ask for your support of, a voter nominated Top Two Open Primary initiative as an important step towards transforming our political process and moving forward as a state and as a nation.
Our coalition partner, All Voters Vote, has collected the number of required signatures to place a proposed amendment to implement a top two open primary for state races on the 2020 ballot.
We Thank You!
Florida Fair And Open Primaries
AllVotersVote.org Our mission is to place an initiative to on the Florida ballot which changes the Closed Primary to a Top Two Open Primary.
OpenPrimaries.org The mission of Open Primaries is to advocate for open and nonpartisan primary systems, counter efforts to impose closed primaries, educate voters, train and support spokespeople, and participate in the building of local, state and national open primaries coalitions.
IndependentVoting.Org Our mission is to develop a movement of independent voters for progressive post-partisan reform of the American political process.
IndependentVoterProject.Org The Independent Voter Project is the founding member of a state-by-state legal strategy that brings together a coalition of organizations from across the political spectrum for the exclusive purpose of protecting the voting rights of the individual voter to participate fully and equally at all important stages of the election process.
EndPartisanship.org Coalition is the first organized effort to defend and promote the principle that every voter is entitled to an equal right of meaningful participation in the election process, whether or not they chose to affiliate with a political party.