Bradenton, Fla — Libertarian Party of Florida volunteers will be visiting the polls today across the state, not only to vote, but also advocate for their political party and their presidential candidate, Gary Johnson. Through their “Occupy the Primary” event, volunteers will be handing on information about the Libertarian Party and about Gary Johnson to those leaving the polls in targeted precincts across the state of Florida.
Itis unclear what the turnout is going to be due to adverse weather around the state and many people have already voted early. Palm Beach Supervisor of Elections has already received just under 30,000 early votes. Here in Palm Beach County various precincts have been targeted from Boca Raton to Jupiter, where volunteers will be at different times during the day.
According to the political party’s website, they are targeting precincts where there are the largest number of independent voters (no party affiliation). There are nearly three million people in Florida registered to vote in Florida without any political party affiliation (NPA). This is a formidable force since Democrats account for about just over four million voters and Republicans just under five million voters in Florida. The Libertarian Party of Florida hopes to sway some of those three million voters to register Libertarian and at the very least, seriously consider voting for Gary Johnson in the general primary this November.
Johnson has been more popular than previous Libertarian Party presidential nominees, at least according to the polls. Johnson is averaging 10 percent in national polls and is looking to get to 15 percent within the next few weeks so he can be included in the upcoming presidential debates. The Libertarian Party of Florida hopes, through Occupy the Primary, to boost Johnson’s Florida poll numbers which have plateaued at around seven percent.
Florida Libertarians, at least those registered to vote Libertarian, will for the first time in the state’s history, vote in a U.S. Senate primary for either Augustus Invictus or Paul Stanton. The winner of today’s primary will go on to the November 8, 2016, election to face the Republican and Democratic primary winners along with the U.S. Senate candidates running without a party affiliation and a few write-in candidates.
Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Click on this link to see your voter status and where to go vote.