The trend of newly-registered Florida voters rejecting both major political parties continues unabated as the combined total of voters known as NPAs (no party affiliation) and minor-party voters has surpassed the total of a major party in 11 counties.
The latest to join the list are two affluent, adjoining counties in Northeast Florida, Clay and St Johns, where Democrats are now in effect a third party.
The combination of unaffiliated and minor-party voters accounted for 26.6 percent of all Florida voters in January, according to the Division of Elections website. They now outnumber Democrats in six counties: Clay, Collier, Lee, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and St. Johns. They outnumber Republicans in five: Broward, Miami-Dade, Orange, Osceola and Palm Beach.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach are the three most populous counties in Florida. Three more counties are likely to soon join this anti-major party registration trend. They are Charlotte, Martin and Monroe, where in all three places nonpartisan voters are closing in on Democrats.
In Florida, unaffiliated voters are prohibited from voting in a party primary except in cases in which only one party fields a slate of candidates. The presence of a write-in candidate "closes" the primary to unaffiliated voters.