Posted: Oct 17, 2017 6:50 AM EDT
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. -A Lee County group wants to do away with parties when it comes to voting for commissioners.
The group – called Lee Voter Freedom – said more than half of voters in the county are left out because of partisan primaries.
People we talked with told us opening primaries in this way will show a better picture of what all of the voters want when it comes to decisions commissioners make – and the commissioners themselves.
“In the actual voting booth, there wouldn’t be an R or a D by the candidate’s name,” said group director Leland Garvin.
Lee Voter Freedom wants to make primaries for Lee County commissioners non-partisan to open the vote to every registered voter in the county.
“We feel that’s really important because we’ve seen over the last few years is non-party individuals and independents are the fastest growing group of parties or not parties people find themselves associated with,” Garvin said.
The group said primaries close off nearly 60 percent of voters in countywide.
“As an attorney, I’ve learned that not only is it important that our system be fair, the court system, but that the perception of fairness is also very important,” Garvin said.
Lee Voter Freedom is meeting in front of the old county courthouse to gather signatures at 9 a.m.
If they get enough, they can petition for the amendment to go on the November 2018 ballot for your vote.