Every election cycle the Florida press reports on races where the write-in loophole was used to shut out voters. But no one has ever looked at the scale of these abuses. Until now.
We took a deep dive into the largest ongoing act of voter suppression in the state of Florida-studying races for Congress and state legislature over the 25 year period that the Universal Primary Amendment has been in place.
What we found was shocking.
How legitimate are these write-in candidates? Decide for yourself.
How extensive is this corruption? How many other races-from statewide offices, to county commissioners, to city council and more-have been affected?
Our research raises more questions than answers, and we hope it can serve as the foundation for more extensive inquiries.
One thing, though, is clear. We must close the write-in loophole permanently if we are to protect voters, democracy and the rule of law in Florida.
Paul Rader is a nonpartisan political analyst, researcher, and speaker whose work seeks to bridge the public’s knowledge gaps about politics, close the partisan and ideological divide, and increase citizens’ political efficacy and interest in politics and public policy. Paul is also a self-published author, writing and publishing his first book, Why Independents Rarely Win Elections: And How They Could Become More Competitive, in 2021, and he writes a Medium blog from time to time.