Still haven’t registered to vote in Florida’s presidential preference primaries, or change your party affiliation? You’d better get a move on – the deadline falls tomorrow.
Both the Florida Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Florida have been running voter-registration drives in anticipation of the primaries, scheduled for March 17, and general election, on Nov. 3. Here’s the Florida Division of Elections webpage with the relevant dates.
The Democrats assert that they have already signed enough new voters to offset their 2018 margin of defeat in four state House seats. The Republicans, meanwhile, say they’ve flipped Taylor County to majority GOP.
President Trump’s been campaigning for reelection in Florida since June. Challenging him are Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, a business man and real estate developer from California; Bill Weld, the former governor of Massachussetts; and Joe Walsh, a former congressman who’ll appear on the ballot even though he’s withdrawn from the race.
Sixteen Democrats will appear on that party’s ballot, although a number have dropped out since the lineup was set. In fact, some observers have suggested people who vote by mail (ballots went out on Feb. 6) might want to wait to find out which candidates drop out in light of returns from the Nevada caucuses and South Carolina primary.
You can register through your local supervisor of elections or through the Florida Division of Elections website.
Amendment 4, Florida’s felon voting rights restoration measure, is still tied up in court, but some supervisors of elections are advising ex-felons to register if they in good faith are confident they’ve fulfilled all court-ordered financial obligations.