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.
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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.