Today, August 21, 2020, Libertarian Party presidential nominee Jo Jorgensen is now officially listed on the list of presidential candidates on the State of Florida’s Division of Elections website. The Libertarian Party of Florida submitted their list of electors for Jorgensen this week to the State of Florida, and they accepted it today with 75 days left before the election. She is the only presidential candidate on the Florida list who will be on the ballot in all 50 states alongside Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Other presidential candidates on the list available for voters are Write-In candidates and an independent candidate; however, they will not be on the ballot in all 50 states. The deadline for political parties to get their candidate on the general election ballot is on September 1, 2020, and must include a list of their electors.
The deadline to register to vote in the November 3, 2020 general election is on October 5, 2020. You can check your voter status via this Division of Elections link. If something has gone awry with your voter registration and you want to vote in the general election, best to get it straightened out by October 5, 2020.
In Florida, the number of registered Democrats is just over 5 million; Republicans are at 4.9 million; while No Party Affiliation (NPA), Libertarian and other party voters amount to 3.8 million people.
Joe Biden accepted the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination last night, and we expect Donald Trump to accept the Republican Party’s presidential nomination next week.
In the few polls Jorgensen has been named, she is polling between 2-5 percent; however, the overwhelming majority of polling organizations do not name her. Even though at least 11 percent of Americans identify as Libertarian, media organizations continue to act as if she does not exist. Broadcasters will often say “the two candidates” when they know there are three candidates who will be on the ballot in all 50 states. It is this failure of journalism which has negatively affected the voting process by not fully informing voters of their choices. It is also what leads people to believe they have to vote for the “lesser of two evils” and because of the low coverage of candidates like Jorgensen, leads people to believe a vote for her is a “wasted vote.”