Primary System In Florida-2016

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     Primary System in Florida 2016   

Primary System in Florida -- 2016
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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 2016 fall primary will be on August 30. 2016.

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 challengers 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.  If no one receives 50% plus one vote (a majority) the run-off will be held at the November General Election.

PARTISAN RACES IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE:

State-wide:  U. S. Senator

Elected from districts in Broward:  all U.S. Congressmen;  Florida State Senators Districts 29, 31, and 33 (Note: If enough changes are made in the Senate map due to the mandated re-districting—all Senate seats may be on the ballot);  all Florida House members;  Broward County Commissioners Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, 9;  Public Defender; State Attorney;  Clerk of the Courts;  Property Appraiser;  Sheriff;  Supervisor of Elections.

NON-PARTISAN RACES IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE:

Also Elected during the Primary Election are County Court and Circuit Court Judges, and School Board Candidates.  These candidates are nonpartisan, that is, they have no party affiliation.  In 2016, School Board Candidates from Districts 2, 5 and the At-Large Seat 9 will be on the ballot.  All voters vote on these races.  (Municipal elections are also nonpartisan but they may have a different election cycle.  Some municipalities hold their elections in March; others have moved their elections to November General Election day, November 8, 2016.)

QUALIFYING DATES FOR 2016

Qualifying dates for all Judicial Candidates, including Public Defender and State Attorney, are noon, May 2 to noon, May 6, 2016. 
Qualifying dates for U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative,  State and Local races are noon, June 20 to noon June 24, 2016. 
After those dates, the names of all candidates (except Presidential candidates)  will be known including those running on the Primary Ballot.  Lists of Candidates will be available under the “Candidates” page after the end of qualifying.

HOW TO BECOME A CANDIDATE

Becoming a candidate varies with the office sought.  In general, after qualifications for that office are met, either petitions containing a certified number of signatures of registered voters in the district, or a fee must be submitted.  (see: dos.myflorida.com , then look under Elections, Candidates, Qualifying for procedures, fee amounts and number of signatures required.)

THERE ARE THREE METHODS FOR VOTING

  1. Absentee/Vote by Mail ballots may be obtained for any reason by calling the Supervisor of Elections office, 954-357-7055.  Ballots can be mailed to the address of your choosing but cannot be forwarded by the Post Office.  Completed ballots must be received by the SOE office by 7 pm of Election Day. 

  2. Early voting will be available at many different sites around the County for many days before Election Day.  Any registered voter may vote at any location by showing a photo ID with signature.

  3. On Election Day, you must vote in your assigned precinct, based on where you currently live. Photo ID with signature is required.  If not presented, voter may vote a provisional ballot.  If you move, be sure to change your address by calling the SOE office at 954-357-7050 or on-line at www.browardsoe.org.