Hundreds of Floridians from across the political spectrum have united to raise awareness and combat a fraud perpetuated on state voters that has kept millions of people from having an equal and meaningful say in elections.

Florida is a closed primary state, meaning only registered party members can participate in taxpayer-funded primary elections. However, in 1998, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment with 64% of the vote that requires primary elections to be opened to all voters in the event that only candidates from a single party run for an elected position.

If you think about it, fighting for someone or something is predicated upon there already being a fight in progress, one in which to take sides. And that is one of the underlying problems in our current political environment. Our leaders, more often than not, become leaders by convincing us that they are best equipped to fight on our behalf. Yet, why does there always have to be a fight?

Editor's Note: This op-ed originally published on The Fulcrum. It was written by Henry Murray, a student at Tufts University from Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He is entering his junior year and studying international relations. The piece was republished on IVN with permission from the publisher. 

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