Welcome to Broward County, where primaries are democratic with a Big “D”.
Only Democrats need apply.
Most elections are decided in the Democratic primary, where only registered Democrats can cast ballots.
Republicans? Independents, the fastest growing category of registered voters?
They don’t count.
And they won’t count when it comes to picking who will be the next:
- Sheriff (seven Democrats running),
- Clerk of the Courts (five Ds running),
- Supervisor of Elections (four Ds running),
- State Attorney (seven Ds running) and,
- Public Defender (four Ds running).
With that many Democrats running for each office, the successful candidates will win with only a small number of votes.
Let’s look at the race for sheriff.
With seven candidates dividing up a fraction of the Democrats who vote, the next sheriff could win with less than 70,000 votes.
Clerk of the Courts Brenda Forman won the primary three years ago with 50,866 votes in a field of three. That’s a tiny fraction of the voters in Broward — less than 5 percent — and is far from a resounding show of support.