TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - If a Democratic or Republican primary winner in Florida won't face further opposition, then that primary is open to all voters under a state constitutional amendment passed in 1998.
The idea is that everyone should get a chance to vote for - or against - the eventual winner.
But It didn't take long for politicians to find a way around that requirement.
Two years later, the Division of Elections issued an opinion saying "opposition" includes write-ins. That's led to an explosion of write-ins. Many are friends of regular candidates without outside opposition who think they have a better chance of winning a closed primary.
That tactic, though, is being challenged by two Miami-Dade County voters. They've asked a federal judge to open the local Democratic primary for state attorney.
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