BALLOT ISSUES

2020 PROPOSED FLORIDA CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Below is rationale for the position taken on each amendment or referendum. For complete text and details: https://dos.elections.myflorida.com/initiatives/

Source: Florida Division of Elections

#1  NO  Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections

This is already the law and there is no valid reason to have an amendment to re-state it.

#2 YES  Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage

Gradually, raises minimum wage starting at $10.00 per hour effective September 30th, 2021 and to $15 per hour in 2026, giving businesses time to adjust.

#3 NO   All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet

Effective January 1, 2024, “Top-Two Primaries” in practice lower the chance of minority and third-party candidates to be elected, and it opens the primaries to manipulative voting.

#4 NO   Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments

Would require every citizen-sponsored constitutional amendment to be voted on twice in order to be enacted. This would confuse the voters by doubling the amendments on the ballot and creates another obstacle to citizens trying to advocate for issues the Legislature refuses to consider.

#5 NO    Limitation on Homestead Assessments Property Taxes

This would give homeowners three years of property taxes based on their former home if they sell it and move to a more expensive home. It would reduce public revenue and give the most benefit to those who need it least.

#6 YES   Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had
                       Permanent,  Combat-Related Disabilities

Allows transfer of this discount to surviving spouses of veterans with permanent combat-related disabilities.

2020 REFERENDUMS
YES    Amending Jacksonville Charter, granting City Council Authority to appoint and
              remove four  JEA Board Members

Allows City Council to appoint four of the JEA Board, and the Mayor to appoint three. Reduces the Mayor's power to appoint the entire Board and to fire them.

Source: City of Jacksonville, City Council Ordinance, 2020-100 E

YES    School Capital Outlay Sales Surtax to Improve Safety and the Learning Environment

Increases sales tax by one half-cent for 15 years to pay for new construction and renovation of Duval's old, unsafe school buildings.

Sources: City of Jacksonville, City Council Ordinance, 2020-161 E