DeLand, FL - A proposed amendment by political committee All Voters Vote would allow all registered voters to cast ballots in state and local primaries, no matter their political affiliation. Federal elections would not be included. At this time, Florida has closed primaries.
Volusia County Supervisor of Elections Lisa Lewis explains that if passed, the amendment would allow those registered without a party affiliation to vote in either the Democrat or Republican primary. The two candidates, one from each primary, would then advance to the general election. The number of valid signatures as of last week is 705,459. The total needed to make it to the ballot is 766,200.
Just last week, both Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Florida Democratic Party filed briefs arguing that the proposed ballot wording is flawed, stating that, "For the first time since at least 1913, primary voters would not choose a political party's nominee for the general election."
There is one amendment petition that has surpassed the number of signatures necessary. The language states that only United States Citizens who are at least eighteen years of age, a permanent resident of Florida, and registered to vote, as provided by law, shall be qualified to vote in a Florida election. The number of valid signatures far exceeds the required number with 927,853 already validated. Lewis said the amendment basically reiterates current voting requirements in the state of Florida. She also said that the amendment has been given a number, which puts it on the ballot for 2020.
Another amendment that is getting a lot of action is Raising Florida's Minumum Wage. It's sponsored by Florida For A Fair Wage and its chairperson is attorney John Morgan. It's wording calls for raising the minimum wage to $10 hourly, effective September 30, 2021. The minimum wage would increase by $1 dollar annually until it gets to $15 hourly on September 30, 2026. At this time, the valid signatures number 757,611, meaning that about 86-hundred more are needed.