Florida voters who requested a vote-by-mail ballot received them this week. My husband was among them. (I prefer showing up at the polling place in person, so I’ll be doing that on March 17.) The Tampa Bay Times editorial board took the unusual step of asking its vote-by-mail readers to hold onto their ballots:
Florida Democrats, don’t mail that presidential primary ballot | Editorial
The race is too fluid and the stakes are too high to vote now for a candidate who may not be viable by the March 17 primary.
More than a million Florida Democrats have been sent their mail ballots for the March 17 presidential primary, but they should let those ballots sit on the hall table or the kitchen counter for a bit. The race for the Democratic nomination is too fluid for Florida Democrats to pick a candidate now who may not be competitive by Election Day. They should not waste their votes, and they should keep their eye on the goal: Backing the candidate who has the best shot at beating President Donald Trump in November…
The first two states are hardly reflective of Florida or the nation. They are small, overwhelmingly white and lack any urban area as large as Tampa Bay. In fact, Tampa Bay alone has twice the population of New Hampshire and matches the population of Iowa. More Tampa voters cast ballots in last year’s run-off for mayor than Bernie Sanders received as the top finisher in raw votes in the Iowa caucuses. So Democrats should keep the results of the first two contests in perspective…
Let’s see more election results. Let’s see who convinces more Democrats in more diverse states they can best challenge Trump. Let’s see who builds momentum and who fades. Florida Democrats, don’t mail those ballots yet.
The editorial board also declined to endorse a candidate as they usually do the week ballots are mailed; they say they’re in wait-and-see mode too. Fascinating. I understand why they’re doing this, but I hope FL Democrats who heed their advice don’t lose their ballots!