Why do I have to declare a political party?
You are not required to declare a party preference. However, you should know Florida is a closed primary state. In a primary election, voters may only vote for candidates in their party. By not selecting a party, you limit your vote in the primaries to only non-partisan candidates and issues. The only exception is a Universal Primary Contest (UPC). A UPC is a contest in a primary election in which all candidates have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the general election. All qualified electors may vote on a UPC regardless of party affiliation. In the general election, party affiliation is not an issue. You may vote for any candidate, regardless of party preference.
When and how do I change my party preference?
Party affiliation may be changed at any time; however, changes made within 29 days of an election will not go into effect until after the election. Party changes must be submitted on a Florida Voter Registration Application. Applications should be mailed to: Pasco County Supervisor of Elections, PO Box 300, Dade City FL 33526.