2020 Sample Ballot
President and Vice President
__X_ Joseph R Biden
Kamala D. Harris
Representative of Congress District 17
__X_ Allen Ellison
State Representative District 75
__X_ David G. Jones
State Senator District 23
__X_ Katherine Norman
Clerk of the Court – no opinion
Sheriff – no opinion
Airport Authority – no opinion
For the Supreme Court Judges and the District Court of Appeals – all judges are running to be retained. They were all appointed by Republican Governors and if, not retained, Governor DeSantis would appoint their replacements – no opinion
Soil and Water Conservation District 1 – no opinion
Amendment 1 – Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida – NO
The constitution already states that only US citizens can vote.
Amendment 2 – Constitutional Amendment Article X, Section 24 – YES
It would raise the minimum wage to $10 by 2021 from the current $8.56/hr and increase it a dollar per year until it reaches $15/hr in 2026. This change would help Florida’s working poor.
Amendment 3 – Constitutional Amendment Article VI, Section 5 – NO
While allowing all voters to vote for governor, cabinet and legislature sounds good, this change could allow for the top two vote-getting candidates in the primary election to be of the same political party. Those two candidates would then face off in the general election.
Amendment 4 – Constitutional Amendment Article XI, Sections 5 & 7 – NO
It would require any constitutional amendment to be approved in two elections with 60% of the electorate’s approval each time. The goal is to make it too expensive for citizens to change the constitution.
Amendment 5 – Constitutional Amendment Article VII, Section 4 and Article XII – YES
It would increase the time residents have to transfer Homestead tax benefits from 2 to 3 years. However, if passed it would reduce property tax revenue.
Amendment 6 – Constitutional Amendment Article VII, Section 6 and Article XII – YES
It would provide Homestead property tax discounts for deceased veterans with combat-related disabilities and would carry over to a veteran’s surviving spouse.
The “Penny Tax” – YES
This tax has been in effect since 1994 and has provided many benefits to our citizens. The money from this tax paid for the new library in Punta Gorda, sewer-related systems, parks and boat ramps.Image Credits: Charlotte County Democrats