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State posts “book closing” info for August primary

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Florida’s registered Democrats now outnumber Republicans by nearly 4.7 million to 4.4 million for the Aug. 30 primary election.

The state’s Division of Elections released “book closing reports” late Friday, which “provide statistical information on active registered voters who are eligible to vote in the election as of the book closing date,” Aug. 1.

Those reports also show the count of white voters at a little more than 8 million, with 1.65 million black voters and 1.9 million Hispanic voters.

The book-closing deadline was the final day for registered voters to switch their party affiliation for the primary.

Florida is a closed primary state, meaning only voters registered to a particular party can vote for that party’s candidates.

The exception is if there are no other challengers belonging to another party in a particular race, then all voters may cast a ballot.

The reports also show that 2.9 million voters are now registered as being affiliated with no party.

No party affiliated, or NPA, voters may also vote in August in nonpartisan races, such as judgeships, and for a proposed constitutional amendment on solar power.

The reports also show Independent Party ranks at over 256,000, Green Party voters at about 5,400 and those registered with the Reform Party at 1,400.

The book closing reports, which also slice data by political districts, are available here.

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Before joining Florida Politics, journalist and attorney James Rosica was state government reporter for The Tampa Tribune. He attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., working at dailies and weekly papers in Philadelphia after graduation. Rosica joined the Tallahassee Democrat in 1997, later moving to the courts beat, where he reported on the 2000 presidential recount. In 2005, Rosica left journalism to attend law school in Philadelphia, afterwards working part time for a public-interest law firm. Returning to writing, he covered three legislative sessions in Tallahassee for The Associated Press, before joining the Tribune’s re-opened Tallahassee bureau in 2013. He can be reached at jim@floridapolitics.com.

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