SFMN Explainers: The Florida Presidential Preference Primary

Next up in the explainer series is a look at the Florida Preference Primary.

The deadline to register for the primary is fast approaching, so let’s get some facts straight.

The Florida PPP will be held on March 17. Because it is a closed primary, only members of individual parties can take part. This means independents cannot vote. But there’s still time! The deadline to register for a political party — or change it — is Feb. 18.

But will Floridians’ votes really matter? The Sunshine State is relatively late in the primary calendar, behind big states like Texas and California. If those early voting states determine a clear favorite, the vote here will be less important.

But if there isn’t a clear favorite by March 17, Florida voters may have a lot of power because of the state’s large population.

The PPP is not the only primary that takes place in Florida this year. Aug. 18 is the date for the state primaries, which includes congressional and local races.

To register or change your party affiliation go to www.vote.org.

In addition, information on early voting schedules and sites can be found on individual county elections’ websites. Miami-Dade’s is here.

Originally from Auckland, New Zealand, Imogen Francis now studies journalism at Florida International University. She was a staff news writer at the student newspaper PantherNow and has experience writing about the LGBTQ community, women's rights and politics.

Mickaella is a senior at FIU, currently majoring in Journalism and looking forward to a Spring 2020 graduation. She was born in New Jersey but moved to Miami at the age of 7. Missing the fall foliage, winter snow and 24/7 deli’s, she plans to move back up north to New York after graduation and further enhance her career.

Alejandra Marquez Janse is a Venezuelan journalism student minoring in political science. She is passionate about understanding policy and informing people on issues that affect them.