Lynn professor calls for election reforms in Florida

Opinion piece sites several shortcomings of state election law and practices

Published Oct. 26, 2010

Lynn University American studies professor Robert Watson recently called for an end to the gerrymandering of voting districts, the closed primary system and several ballot access laws in Florida. “An Open Letter to the Voters of Florida ‘Resuscitating Democracy in Our State,’” is an opinion piece he co-authored with Yury Konnikov, co-organizer of the Florida Initiative for Electoral Reform.

Among their many critiques of Florida’s election laws, they call the closed primary system, “a modern version of ‘taxation without representation,’” since 2.5 million Floridians are not affiliated with either party and thus cannot vote in primaries. Watson and Konnikov also state their support for Amendments 5 and 6 on the November ballot.

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Robert Watson is a professor, author, media commentator and community activist who joined the faculty of Lynn in 2007, after spending 15 years teaching at other universities around the country. He has published more than 30 books and hundreds of scholarly articles, book chapters, encyclopedia essays and newspaper columns. His work in the community also includes founding and directing Think Act Lead, a non-profit think tank established as a free community service and dedicated to civic education and political reform.

Watson is frequently interviewed about campaigns and elections by local and national TV, print and radio media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, USA Today and The New York Times. Watson also serves as the official political analyst for WPTV Channel 5 (NBC), WIOD 610 News Radio and WFTL 850 Talk Radio. He offers a weekly political roundup for WBZT 1230 on Clear Channel and writes a regular column on politics for the Sun Sentinel.