Primary System

Primary System in Florida 2022-2023

FLORIDA IS A CLOSED PRIMARY STATE

Florida has a closed primary system which means that only those voters enrolled in the Party can vote in the Party’s primary.  Whenever there are 2 or more candidates of the same political party vying for the same position, party members, in the Primary Election, choose the candidate to represent them in the November General Election.  The regular 2022 fall primary will be on August 23, 2022.

BUT—All voters, including those with any other affiliation, may vote for non-partisan candidates for County Court Judges, Circuit Court Judges and Broward School Board.  If no one receives 50% plus one vote (a majority), the run-off will be held at the November General Election.

Special Universal Primary:  There is an interesting exception to the closed primary rule.  Voters amended the Florida Constitution in 1998 to allow any registered voter to vote in a primary if there will be no other challenger on the November General Election Ballot.  That is, if 3 Democrats qualify for a district seat in the Florida Legislature, and no Republican or other party candidate, including write-ins, qualifies to be on the November ballot, all registered voters may vote in that primary.  This allows all voters to choose the representative, in effect treating the Primary as a General Election.

PARTISAN RACES IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE:

Elected from new districts:  all U.S. Congressmen; all Florida State Senators,  all Florida House members;  Broward County Commissioners—Districts 2, 4, 6, 8, 9– will be elected from new districts.  In addition, partisan candidates for US Senator, Florida Governor and Cabinet (Florida Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services) will be on the ballot.

NON-PARTISAN RACES IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE:

Circuit Court Judges:  Group 9, 14, 23, 51

County Court Judges:  Group 15, 16

School Board—new districts—1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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