5 days ago, 08/28/2014
Now that we’re past the Primary Election, we can look forward to peak season for campaigning. And hope that a few more voters take an interest in the November election than voted in last Tuesday’s Primary.
While the Primary gave registered Republicans and Democrats a chance to pick their nominees for Governor and a handful of other races, most of the races were on everyone’s ballot, including those who are not affiliated with any party. Apparently that was not enough to stir much interest in voters. Which is too bad because those who did vote, elected a state senator a county commissioner and two school board members-all of them will be in position to affect voters’ tax bills for years to come. That’s enough for me to want to have some say in who’s elected.
The November election gives voters another chance to weigh in on a number of important races, U.S. Congressional District 19, Governor, State Attorney General, State Representatives, a whole slew of judges, plus county races for School Board, Lee Memorial Health System, County Commission and a local race for two seats on the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District Board.
If you are not yet registered to vote, or you’ve moved and need to change your registration, note the deadline of October 6th.
While you’re looking at your voter registration card, check the party affiliation. Florida has about 4.6 million registered Democrats, 4.1 million registered Republicans and 2.7 million No Party Affiliation voters. Beyond that there are 13 other parties in Florida ranging from the Justice Party with a mere 68 members to the Libertarian Party with over 22,000 members to the Independent Party with over 265,000 members, though most (nine) of them have under 2,000 members.
When you registered, and were asked "What party?” did you say, "I’m independent?” If so, you might find that you are a registered member of the official Independent Party or the similar sounding Independence Party, when what you meant was you are "No Party Affiliation.” The Independent or Independence Party may reflect your political leanings and be exactly where you want to be. But the numbers seem unusually high for a third party-more than 10 times higher than the next party that does not have a form of "Independent” in its name.
Independent is the word most people use to describe themselves politically if they are not a registered Republican or Democrat. With the usual pandemonium that are our county offices where many of us register to vote while we’re getting a driver’s license...