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Vote on a Top Two nonpartisan initiative

August 20, 2014
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

If our politicians can agree on one thing, it's that they should control the election process. Elections are rigged to limit the election of public officials to a small pool of candidates picked by party leaders, and not the people.

We need election reform here in Florida. On Aug. 26, Florida will hold a closed Primary. This election will disenfranchise nearly 27 percent of Florida's voters. Why is this you ask? Well, in closed primary states such as Florida, if you are not registered into the Democratic or Republican Party, you are not allowed to vote in the election, even though you pay for the primaries as a taxpayer. That's 2.7 million Floridian voters who will be excluded from voting in the primaries. Primaries are crucial, because in most cases, the victor in the primary also wins the general election.

I recently moved to Orlando and became involved with Florida Independent Voters. We believe a Top Two nonpartisan election system would better serve Floridians. Under Top Two, all registered voters can vote for any candidate for each office regardless of party affiliation, and the top two vote getters go onto the general election. This would force candidates to run campaigns that extend to the broader population, not just the polarized constituents that incumbents rely on to win time and time again. Voters in California and Washington passed this reform and elections have become more competitive. Voters in Oregon will have an opportunity to vote on a Top Two nonpartisan initiative in November, and we hope to put it on the ballot in Florida in the near future as well.

If you sympathize with this cause, please join us for an informational rally on Aug. 26, 2014. We will be outside the Supervisor of Elections office located at 119 W. Kaley Street in Orlando, FL 32806.

If you have any further questions, please email me at or phone me at 708-670-0095 for more information. Also visit to learn more about Top Two here in Florida, and visit to learn more about the independent movement nationally.

Jarell Corely




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