Voting in Florida is on November 6th! You still have time to get to know your candidates and ballot. It is essential that everyone exercise their right to vote so that our elected government can reflect our views accurately. Sometimes it can seem like a colossal task staying up to date with who is running and what exactly is up for a vote. But, we are going to make it easier by providing you with links to all the information you need to make your vote count during this years midterm election.
In about two weeks it’ll be time to hit the polls for the general midterm elections. If you want more information on specific election dates, or you want to know when future polls are being held; the Florida Department of State website is a great resource. There you can find a list of elections by the county as well as, general voting dates in Florida so you can be prepared for next time.
Who am I voting for?
The election this year is very important because not only are we voting for a new Governor for Florida, but we are also voting for many different Senate and House of Representative seats as well. The Palm Beach Post has compiled bipartisan and unbiased information on all of the candidates running in the state of Florida. This can be found on their online web page, Know Your Candidate.
A full list of all the candidates can also be found on the Florida Department of State website.
What is on the ballot?
Aside from voting for multiple seats in Congress and a new Governor, there are also a few amendments and revisions that must be voted on as well. The sample ballot includes everything that will be on the actual ballot and can be found here if you live in Miami-Dade County.
The Florida Department of State published a complete list of the amendments and revisions up for the vote as well as their full legal text.
Vote 411 has also put together a useful tool for all voters. Their personalized ballot system Vote411 needs only your address to find the ballot that you will be voting on. From there, you can fill in your options and even print your sample ballot for use later.
But there are some amendments or revisions which we think you might want to know a little bit more about because they are important or can be confusing.
Number 7 “First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities” “Grants mandatory payment of death benefits and waiver of certain educational expenses to qualifying survivors of certain first responders and military members who die performing official duties. Requires supermajority votes by university trustees and state university system board of governors to raise or impose all legislatively authorized fees if the law requires approval by those bodies. Establishes a state college system as a constitutional entity; provides governance structure.” From the Sample Ballot.
Number 9 “Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces” is a constitutional revision that both prohibits offshore drilling and prohibits vaping in enclosed workplaces. Like Number 7, it can be confusing to understand because it groups two different issues into one vote.
Number 4 “Voting Restoration Amendment” restores the right to vote of Floridians with felony convictions after they have completed all terms of their sentence, excluding those convicted of murder or sexual offense.
Number 10 which is a lengthier revision about state and local government structure, includes language that requires the legislature to retain the department of veterans’ affairs.
There are many even longer amendments and revisions that specify the raising of property taxes across the state as well as some about gambling and the banning of dog racing. It is critical to become familiar with the sample ballot or the issues that you will be voting on to be educated on the topics and make your vote count!
If you are not able to make it out to vote on November 6th, then you can still vote. Just sign up for a mail-in ballot on the Florida Department of State Website.