Deadline to Change Party Affiliation Approaches


Date: February 1, 2016                                     
Contact:  Tami Bentley
(352) 521-4302

Deadline to Change Party Affiliation Approaches

Pasco County FL - Supervisor of Elections Brian E. Corley announces the
upcoming deadline to change party affiliation for the Presidential
Preference Primary (PPP) is Tuesday, February 16, 2016.  

"This date is significant particularly to those who are unaware that Florida
is a closed primary state and what that means for them when they get to the
polls," said Brian Corley. "Not a primary goes by that we don't hear from
unhappy voters who were unaware of the closed primary system."   

Simply stated, a closed primary means that the candidate choices on your
ballot will be only candidates that are the same party affiliation as your
voter registration. Unlike many states, party changes on Election Day are
statutorily prohibited in the state of Florida.  Only the major parties will
have candidates on the PPP ballot.  

Changing party affiliation in order to vote for a particular candidate is
permissible; however, it must be done by the deadline, or 29 days prior to
the election date. Party changes may be on a voter registration application
or a signed hand-written note that contains your date of birth. Party
changes require an original signature and may not be made on-line or faxed.
Applications or signed requests that are mailed to the supervisor's office
at PO Box 300, Dade City FL 33526, should be postmarked February 16th or
earlier, or brought directly to one of the three Supervisor of Elections'
All three Supervisor of Elections' Offices are open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to
5:00 p.m., with extended hours on Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 9:00 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. at the following locations: East Pasco Government Center, 14236
6th St, Suite 200, Dade City, West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens
Dr., Suite 110, New Port Richey, Central Pasco Professional Center, 4111
Land O' Lakes Blvd., Room 105, Land O' Lakes.    

Brian E. Corley, Supervisor of Elections 

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