Florida is a closed primary state. If you wish to vote in a party’s primary election you must first be registered in that particular party. The deadline to file as a member of a party in order to vote in that party’s primary will be posted on the Supervisor of Elections website. The date is usually 30 days prior to the primary.
However, there are times when all registered voters can vote in a primary election, regardless of which major or minor political party they are registered or even if they are registered without a specific party affiliation:
- If all the candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner of the primary election will not face any opposition in the general election (i.e. no write-in candidates have qualified) then a Universal Primary is held, and all registered voters can vote for any of the candidates for that office in the primary election.
- If races for nonpartisan (i.e., free from party affiliation) judicial and school board offices, nonpartisan special districts or local referendum questions are on the primary election ballot, then all registered voters, including those without party affiliation are entitled to vote those races on the ballot.
At a general election, all registered voters receive the same ballot and may vote for any candidate or question on the ballot. If there are write-in candidates who have qualified for a particular office, a space will be left on the ballot where their name can be written. (from the Supv of Elections website.)
Some races are NPA races. NPA stands for No Party Affiliation. In these races, most notably, City Councils of Port St Lucie and Ft Pierce, and School Board, candidates are not allowed to mention their party affiliation.
Many of our local offices are decided in August, during the primary election. ALL ELECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT
ST. LUCIE COUNTY REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
at the Treasure Coast Builders Association,
next door to Norris’s Restaurant on U.S.1 at Kitterman Road.
6835 S. US #1 (Lexington Shoppes Plaza)
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Chairman: Bill Paterson
Republican Party of Florida
Phone (850) 222-7920
ST. LUCIE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Meetings are held unknown
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12306, Fort Pierce, FL 34979
Chairman: Celeste Bush
Home Phone 461-3448
FAX 464-0563 Work 464-0500
Florida Democratic Party
Phone (850) 222-3411