When you register to vote in Escambia County, you may register as a Democrat, Republican, another minor political party (see below), or you may register as No Party Affiliation (NPA).
While any registered political party may hold a primary (nominating election) in Florida, usually only Democrat and Republican primaries appear on the ballot. This is because minor political parties rarely field more than one candidate for a particular office. You may only vote in the primary of the party for which you register. However, all voters may vote for candidates or issues in nonpartisan races, such as school board members, judges, and referenda.
In a general election, all voters may vote for any candidate or issue in their districts that appear on the ballot.
Further, if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the general election, all qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the primary election for that office. This is referred to as a “universal primary”.
Major Political Party Links and Information
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Minor Political Party Links and Information
There are several minor political parties in Florida. A current list is available on the Florida Department of State Division of Elections This list changes from time to time as parties are organized and recognized in Florida through a process that is outlined in the Florida Statutes.