Florida Fair And Open Primaries
Frequently Asked Questions
Which races would be affected by the amendment?
o State elective offices and federal offices; Presidential primaries unchanged
Is a top two primary election constitutional?
o YES – US Supreme Court ruled (7-2) in March 2008
How many states have a top two open primary?
o California, Washington, (Modified Top Two in Louisiana and Nebraska)
Won’t top two result in single party races?
o In some instances, yes. While there are others reasons why this might happen (eg. too many candidates of a major party split the primary votes), the main reason would be due to a major party's traditional dominance in a district. In these cases, candidates are forced to appeal to independents as well as members of other parties.
Won’t minor parties suffer under a top two system?
o An all candidate primary draws attention to minor party candidates
o Minor parties have opportunity to build coalition voting blocks in primary
Why not pursue a ranked choice voting method which is deemed superior by many?
o Florida currently has not certified any ranked choice voting software. The city of Sarasota passed a local measure for ranked choice voting in 2007. It purchased new software in 2015, but has yet to obtain state certification. Additionally, the cost of implementing the system statewide could present another obstacle for gaining voter approval.
Who do I contact to get additional information?