The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) is putting forward a statewide effort to increase the number of registered libertarian voters in Florida and are calling it "The Big Switch". As of today there are approximately 19,000 libertarian voters in the state and the LPF is looking to dramatically increase that number while also increasing its membership base.
LPF Executive Committee member Jared Grifoni said yesterday, “We have approximately 14 months until voters go to the polls on Election Day and about 11 months until voters go to the polls for the primaries. Who is going to come out and vote in the LPF primary and for LPF candidates on Election Day? It is imperative that we continue to grow our ranks. People are bleeding left and right (no pun intended) out of the two major parties. Where are they going? A lot of them are going NPA." NPA is an official term used by the State of Florida to mean "No Party Affiliation".
The state party has established a fund to raise money to cover the costs and expenses associated with the plan for outreach to the public.
Another issue of concern for the Libertarian Party of Florida is the fact that when someone goes to register to vote, there are boxes to check for Democrat or Republican but none for the other parties. One must write out 'Libertarian Party' in order to be registered to vote as a libertarian. The party, and me personally, have heard from many individuals who know they wrote out 'Libertarian Party' on the form, only to be sent a voter registration card in the name of the Republican Party or NPA or even the Independence Party. A Floridian can register to vote as one of the official 16 political parties in the state or as an NPA.
So the concern of the LPF is how many people are they losing on the voter roles to this consistent error on the part of local and state elections offices. As of this morning the Broward County Supervisor of Elections shows zero registered Libertarian voters on their website, however we know there are over 1,000 in that county. These are likely errors, and no one at the LPF is suggesting a conspiracy against the political party, however they do want to get those issues addressed and resolved.
The Libertarian Party of Florida is looking to solve many of these issues using "The Big Switch" to do so. Increasing their numbers will also push elections offices to treat Libertarian Party voters with better respect and the expectation is to get a box on the voter registration form where one will only need to check a box to confirm they are registering to vote as a libertarian.