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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700117: Open Primary by Martin Van Luven

ARTICLE VI: SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS, Section 5. Primary, general, and special elections.

SECTION 5.Primary, general, and special elections.
  1. A general election shall be held in each county on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year to choose a successor to each elective state and county officer whose term will expire before the next general election and, except as provided herein, to fill each vacancy in elective office for the unexpired portion of the term. A general election may be suspended or delayed due to a state of emergency or impending emergency pursuant to general law. Special elections and referenda shall be held as provided by law.
  2. Aside from presidential candidates, all candidates for an office, regardless of have the same party affiliation, will apear on a single combined primary ballot, and the winner will have no opposition in the general election, all qualified electors, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the primary elections for that office. If no candidate receives a minimum of fifty percent, only the two candidates who received the highest and the second-highest number of votes in the primary will appear on the ballot in the General Election.  If a candidate receives more than fifty percent of the vote in the combined primary, that candidate is automatically elected to that office.