Primary Elections (Watch)

Primary Elections (Watch)

SB 556 (Rader) establishes a universal (also known as a “jungle”) primary system in the State of Florida for all state, county and municipal elections. In each year in which a general election is held, the bill would require a universal primary election to be held for candidates for state, county and municipal elections on the Tuesday 10 weeks before the general election. The bill specifies all candidates for these offices, regardless of party affiliation, must appear on a single ballot, and the two candidates receiving the highest and next highest number of votes for that office, regardless of party affiliation, shall advance to the general election. The bill would permit all qualified electors, regardless of their party affiliation, to vote in the primary election for those offices.  In the event of a tie for second place, the bill specifies the candidates tying for second shall draw lots to determine which candidate advances to the general election. The bill could be construed to impact current law regarding the dates of municipal elections. (O’Hara)