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Presidential Preference Primary is a Closed Primary - Deadline to Change Party Affiliation Approaches

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Date: February 5, 2020
Contact:  Tami Bentley
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Presidential Preference Primary is a Closed Primary - 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 March 17, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary (PPP) is Tuesday, February 18, 2020.  Per Florida Statutes, all primary elections are closed which means the candidate choices on your ballot will be only candidates that are the same party affiliation as your voter registration. The upcoming PPP is for both Democrat and Republican voters.

"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."

Changing party affiliation in order to vote for a candidate is permissible; however, it must be done by the deadline, or 29 days prior to the election date. Party changes on Election Day are statutorily prohibited in the state of Florida. Requests for party changes may be on a voter registration application or a signed hand-written note that contains your date of birth or voter information number. 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 18th or earlier, or brought directly to one of the three Supervisor of Elections' Offices.

All three Supervisor of Elections' Offices are open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with extended hours on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 PascoVotes.gov

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