Mike Fernandez injects $1.2M into All Voters Vote amendment

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The amendment would create a top-two open primary.

South Florida businessman Mike Fernandez has injected $1.2 million into the campaign to pass a proposed constitutional amendment that would revamp the state’s primary-election system.

Fernandez and a related firm, MBF Family Investments Ltd., contributed the money this week to the political committee All Voters Vote, according to a newly filed finance report. Fernandez has been the main financial backer of the committee, which is trying to pass what appears as Amendment 3 on the November ballot.

The proposal seeks to overhaul Florida’s primary election system by allowing voters to cast ballots in primary elections regardless of party affiliation. The two candidates getting the most votes in each primary would advance to the General Election. The newly filed finance report also indicates All Voters Vote has spent about $1.249 million this month, with most of the money going to advertising-related expenses.

The amendment has been opposed by the state Republican and Democratic parties.


Republished with permission from the News Service of Florida.

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