State posts ‘book closing’ info for August primary


Florida’s registered Democrats now outnumber Republicans by nearly 4.7 million to 4.4 million for the Aug. 30 primary election.

The state’s Division of Elections released “book closing reports” late Friday, which “provide statistical information on active registered voters who are eligible to vote in the election as of the book closing date,” Aug. 1.

Those reports also show the count of white voters at a little more than 8 million, with 1.65 million black voters and 1.9 million Hispanic voters.

The book-closing deadline was the final day for registered voters to switch their party affiliation for the primary.

Florida is a closed primary state, meaning only voters registered to a particular party can vote for that party’s candidates.

The exception is if there are no other challengers belonging to another party in a particular race, then all voters may cast a ballot.

The reports also show 2.9 million voters are now registered as being affiliated with no party.

No party affiliated, or NPA, voters may also vote in August in nonpartisan races, such as judgeships, and for a proposed constitutional amendment on solar power.

The reports also show Independent Party ranks at over 256,000, Green Party voters at about 5,400 and those registered with the Reform Party at 1,400.

The book closing reports, which also slice data by political districts, are available here.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected].


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