Florida’s Closed Primary | Can you vote in it?

Florida is a closed primary state.   If you wish to vote in the partisan Primary Election (March 17, 2020 and August 18, 2020), you must be a registered voter in the party for which the Primary is being held.

If you have registered to vote as an “independent” or as No Party Affiliation, chances are you won’t be able to vote in any election that chooses a Democrat or Republican candidate. Registering as an independent means you can only vote for candidates and issues on the General Election ballot or on candidates and issues that are specifically non-partisan.

So, if in Florida primaries you want to choose who will run as a Democrat, you must be registered as a Democrat. And, conversely, if you want to choose a Republican candidate, you must be registered as a Republican. That’s what closed primary means.

As a No Party Affiliation (NPA) voter, in Primary Elections, you will be able to vote on non-partisan candidate races such as School Board, Judges, city candidates and all questions.

As a NPA voter, you will not be able to vote on partisan races in a Primary Election such as: President, Senator, U.S. Representative, Governor, Florida Attorney General, Florida Chief Financial Officer, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, State Senator, State Representative, Clerk of Circuit Court, Sheriff, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections, County Commissioners, Mosquito Control Board, State Attorney, or Public Defender.

During the November General Election all voters receive the same ballot regardless of party affiliation and you may vote for any candidate on the November General Election ballot regardless of party affiliation.


Thanks to Monroe County Supervisor of Elections Joyce Griffin for the explainer.