When the August 2020 Primaries roll around an interesting and mostly unknown exception might come about!
In most closed primary states it’s pretty much what the name implies. you have to be of that particular party in order to vote in that primary, Republicans vote in the Republican primary, Democrats in their primary and other affiliations in whatever particular party they may be designated.
However, in Florida 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 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.