What is a Closed Primary?

A Closed Primary is a type of Primary Election where only registered voters belonging to a particular political party can vote in that party’s primary.

Who can vote in a Closed Primary?

Only voters who are registered members of a political party with candidates on the Primary ballot may vote for that political party's candidates. That's why we have different ballot styles in a Primary Election. Your ballot is tied to your party affiliation. 

Voters with no party affiliation (NPA) are not eligible to vote for partisan candidates in a Primary Election with the exception of a Universal Primary Contest (UPC).

All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote on non-partisan candidates and issues. 

In a General Election, all registered voters receive the same ballot regardless of their party affiliation and are eligible to vote for any candidate. 

What is a Universal Primary Contest (UPC)?

A Universal Primary Contest (UPC) occurs if all candidates for an office have the same party affiliation and the winner will have no opposition in the General Election. In a UPC, all qualified voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in the Primary Election for that office. 

How do I change my party affiliation? 

To change your party affiliation, you must submit a signed, written notice that includes your date of birth or Florida Voter Registration Number or re-submit a Florida Voter Registration Application form to the Election Center. 

Information on Florida's major and minor political parties can be found on the Florida Division of Election's website

Please mail your completed request to:

Marion County Election Center • PO Box 289 • Ocala, FL  34478-0289

Is there a deadline to change my party affiliation?

All party changes for a Primary Election must be made by the registration deadline (book closing) which is 29 days before the election. If the request is made after the deadline, the change will not take effect until after the election. For a list of election dates and registration deadlines, click here.  For a General Election, a party change can be made at any time.