Early voting for the midterm elections starts on Monday, October 22nd at 7am. I can’t wait to exercise my right to vote. Women in the United Sates fought over 100 years to earn the right to vote; and I am going to celebrate by voting.
You can vote at the Coral Gables Branch Library located at 3443 Segovia St., Coral Gables, FL 33134 and here’s a list of all early voting locations.
We have several amendments on the ballot this election, I break them down below. Enjoy!
Amendment 1: Vote No
“Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption: This amendment is an oddity. It would put money in homeowners’ pockets by providing another $25,000 homestead tax exemption for properties assessed at $100,000 or more. Typical property owners would see their tax bills drop by about $250 per year, officials estimate. School taxes would be exempt.
But voters shouldn’t be fooled. Tax savings, aside, homeowners will pay, one way or another. Local governments warn that Amendment 1 could hurt the funding of crucial services such as police and fire protection. Statewide, the exemption would cost counties and cities about $750 million the first year, according to the Florida Association of Counties. But proponents counter that property values are expected to rise in the coming years, so local governments should be able to make up shortfalls. But we’re not convinced that this economy will continue to hum along indefinitely. And then what? We think that the impact to services would be too great, and it may cost taxpayers far more in the long run if this tax break is approved.” – Miami Herald Editorial Board
Amendment 2: Vote Yes
“Limitations on Property Tax Assessments: This amendment would permanently adopt an already-existing cap that limits property-tax assessment increases to 10 percent annually for “non-homestead” property such as commercial or rental properties. The purpose is to prevent the repeal of the cap scheduled to expire in 2019. Small business-owners and renters would be hit especially — and unfairly — hard.” – Miami Herald Editorial Board
Amendment 3: Vote Yes
“Support. It restricts casino gambling and allows Florida voters to make any decisions regarding increases of casino gambling, consistent with League position against gambling. This amendment is also supported by No Casinos, Inc. and Disney.” – League of Women Voters of Florida
Amendment 4: Vote Yes
The ACLU of Florida supports Amendment 4, which would return the eligibility to vote to Floridians who have completed the terms of their sentences, including any probation, parole, fines, or restitution.
Florida is one of only four states that still has a system that prevents people from earning back the eligibility to vote for life, and our current system for restoring a person’s eligibility to vote is broken. Amendment 4 would allow roughly 1.4 million people who have.
People who are allowed to earn back their eligibility to vote are less likely to commit crimes in the future, meaning Amendment 4 will also make communities safer. – ACLU of Florida
Amendment 5: Vote No
“Oppose. This amendment does not include a provision that would allow for tax increases in times of emergencies (hurricane, floods, recession, etc.) and is an abrogation of the Legislature’s fiduciary responsibility to pass a reasonable budget.” – League of Women Voters of Florida
Amendment 6: Vote No
“The ACLU of Florida opposes Amendment 6 because it deletes current constitutional protections for the accused and creates new constitutional rights for corporations.
Amendment 6 drastically expands the definition of victims to include constitutional rights for corporations, LLCs, business trusts, and various other corporate entities. Additionally, it expands the definition to include financial crimes.
If Amendment 6 passes, huge corporations will have constitutional rights to appear in court with their high-powered lawyers when they accuse people of even relatively minor crimes such as shoplifting or passing a bad check and will have a say in sentencing and bail hearings.
Amendment 6 deletes current constitutional protections ensuring that the rights of the accused are not interfered with.
Amendment 6 misleadingly states that it creates constitutional rights for victims. However, Florida’s Constitution already has explicit constitutional rights for victims, including the right to be informed, to be present, and to be heard at all crucial criminal justice proceedings.
Amendment 6 treats corporations and recipients of bad checks the same as actual victims of violence, thus diluting scarce criminal justice resources.” – ACLU of Florida
Amendment 7: Vote No
“Oppose. We oppose a supermajority vote to increase fees or taxes. Family members of the military who die in the line of service are already compensated through the federal government.” – League of Women Voters of Florida
Amendment 8: Removed by the state Supreme Court
Amendment 9: Vote Yes
“Prohibits Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Prohibits Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces: This is an easy one for most Floridians, especially those in South Florida. The amendment prohibits oil drilling beneath waters controlled by Florida, and in another example of amendment bundling, it also bans the use of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, at indoor workplaces. That works, too.” – Miami Herald Editorial Board
Amendment 10: Vote No
“Oppose. This limits the voters in local communities from deciding on the election of county officers. It adds an unnecessary provision as the Constitution already has the power to set dates during even numbered years. FDLE is already the lead agency in coordinating efforts to prevent terrorism, and the Constitution already has authorized the Legislature to create a Department of Veteran Affairs. This amendment is clearly an effort to restrict the powers of local government.” – League of Women Voters of Florida
Amendment 11: Vote Yes
“The ACLU of Florida supports Amendment 11 because it both deletes a discriminatory, anti-immigrant provision from our constitution and would address mass incarceration by allowing ameliorative criminal justice reforms to apply retroactively.
Right now, many people are incarcerated under harsh sentencing laws that could soon be reformed, but even if the legislature amends these harsh laws, our current constitution prevents these reforms from applying to individuals who are already incarcerated.
If Amendment 11 passes, reforms to mandatory minimum sentencing or drug policy reform could apply to people currently serving under sentences that the legislature no longer believes are fair.” – ACLU of Florida
Amendment 12: Vote No
“No position. Although there is need for lobbying reform, we felt that six years might be onerous, and this amendment does not address the real issue regarding lobbying, which is the impact of money in political campaigns.” – League of Women Voters
Amendment 13: Vote Yes
“A “YES” vote for Amendment 13 would mean that the voter is supporting the prohibition of wagering on live dog races, including greyhound races, and the ban of dog races, in the state of Florida.” – Dog Lovers of Florida