Did you vote yet today? I did, and I need to vent a bit. I have No Party Affiliation -- a "lower-case independent." I make no declaration to either the Republican Party or the Democrats. I vote for the candidate, for their platforms, and on individual issues.
And it concerns me that I can’t have a voice in the Florida presidential primary. Multiply that by all the other NPA independents, registered Independents and -– because of an early calendar date -– every Democratic vote in Florida.
As our lead story says today, Florida is the most diverse, largest swing state about to declare its residents’ verdict on the presidency and politics.
Well, make that the Republicans are about to render a verdict. Sure, the Democratic outcome will provide huge momentum to the victor. But those votes should count.
When I went into my polling place this morning, a couple who moved to Florida last year were there to vote for the first time. They were taken by surprise that they could vote only on the property tax amendment.
"Seems to me that I just lost a bit of my American rights," the gentleman politely told the polling volunteer. "But we'll still weigh in where we can."
The turnout has been steady this morning, according to our reporters canvassing polling places throughout Manatee and Sarasota. We'll provide updates and color throughout the day in BREAKING NEWS here on Bradenton.com.
And you can find interactive content and results later today on our Florida Primary presidential election page.
Who knows what those results would be if every voter could have that constitutionally guaranteed voice.