Franklin County voters are advised to go to the Franklin County Election Supervisor website, www.votefranklin.com and print your sample ballot for the Nov. 3 election before actually voting. In addition to the president, we are asked to vote on state representatives, state senators, judicial candidates, and critically, six proposed Florida Constitution amendments.
Four of the six proposed amendments are citizen initiatives, meaning they did not go through the legislative process, but appear on the ballot due to special interest collection of petition signers.
Proposed amendment No. 3, Constitutional Amendment, Article VI, Section 5, All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet (attorney general, chief financial officer, and commissioner of agriculture), if passed, will replace our current closed primary system with a top-two primary system.
Currently, in Florida, primaries are closed, meaning a voter must be registered with a political party in order to participate in that party’s primary election. In a top-two primary, all candidates would be placed on one ballot regardless of political affiliation and the top two candidates with the most votes would advance to the general election. (Source: Ballotpedia.org)
There are critical problems with a top-two primary system. For an example, see the state of California. It is important to note that both the Democratic and Republican parties of Florida are opponents of this initiative. My imperative to Franklin County voters is to inform, educate yourselves on this initiative and the other items on the ballot before you vote.
The consequences of not doing so may have an even more direct impact on your life and livelihood than the election of the president.
Important dates to consider: Election date: Nov. 3; registration deadline Oct. 5; early voting starts: Oct. 24; and absentee/mail voting deadline: Nov. 3 (received)
Voter ID requires a photo ID. Poll times are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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This article originally appeared on The Apalachicola Times: Letters: Consider other races, amendments, before voting