A Letter to Terrie Rizzo and Joe Gruters, Florida Democratic and Republican Party Chairs


We write to you as the Democratic and Republican Party Chairs, respectively, of our state.

We, the undersigned, are Florida voters concerned about the process in which our presidential primary election will be held in 2020.

The election of the next President of the United States is the most important exercise of democracy in our nation.

In a national survey of independent voters (including over 240 independents from Florida) conducted by Independent Voting in 2018, 87.3% of independents think the Democratic and Republican parties should open the presidential primaries to allow independents to participate.

There are 3.6 million Floridians registered with no party affiliation. That is 26.8% of Florida’s voters. Independents are the
second largest grouping in many counties throughout the state. 39% of Latinos and 31% of African Americans in Florida identify as independent. It is our strong belief that no Florida voter should be forced to join a political party in order to be able to vote in the presidential primaries.

In many states around the country, independents are welcomed into the presidential primary process.

We write today to request that you open the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in Florida to the fastest growing community of voters in our state — independents.

You have the authority to do so. You can act to realize the full democratic participation of all Floridians.

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