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Ballot Amendment Slate Card, November 2020

Amendment 1Suffrage:

A “yes” vote supports amending the Florida Constitution to state that “only a citizen” of the U.S. can vote in Florida.
A “no” vote opposes amending the Florida Constitution, thus keeping the existing language that says “every citizen” of the U.S. can vote in Florida.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY recommends NO

The proposed change is confusing and unnecessary – every citizen of the U.S. can, and should, be able to vote in Florida once they reside in Florida. The Constitution, as currently drafted, is sufficient. The mechanics of voter eligibility are properly determined by the existing framework of laws and regulations.

Amendment 2Minimum wage:

A “yes” vote supports the initiative to increase the state’s minimum wage incrementally until reaching $15 per hour in September 2026.
A “no” vote opposes the initiative to increase the state’s minimum wage incrementally until reaching $15 in September 2026, thereby keeping the current minimum wage of $8.46 per hour.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY recommends YES

The current minimum wage is completely insufficient in adequately and fairly compensating workers; if this amendment passes with the support of the people, we start on the path to ensuring a living wage for all with small annual raises, starting with a bump up to $10 per hour on September 30, 2021.

Amendment 3 – Elections

A “yes” vote supports establishing a top-two open primary system for primary elections for state legislators, the governor, and cabinet (attorney general, chief financial officer, and commissioner of agriculture) in Florida.
A “no” vote opposes establishing a top-two open primary system for primary elections, thereby leaving in place Florida’s current system where closed primaries are held by each party.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY strongly recommends NO

This poorly designed amendment will reduce the diversity of voices in government, including the loss of minority representation in both legislative chambers in Tallahassee. It will also cause parties to actively suppress having more than one candidate in any one race, reducing voter choice. For example, had this amendment been in effect in the 2018 Florida primaries, two Republicans would have advanced to the general election in November (DeSantis and Putnam, who collected over 93% of the primary votes) because four Democrats finished with over 10% of the votes (Gillum, Graham, Levine and Greene) in a very competitive primary, and none of the four received more votes than Putnam, the Republican runner up. We do not want to create incentives in the system to force candidates out of a race before voters have had a chance to vet them in a proper primary.

Amendment 4Direct democracy:

A “yes” vote supports requiring voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election to become effective.
A “no” vote opposes requiring voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election to become effective.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY recommends NO

Government should be more responsive to the will of the people, not less. The current system already requires the supermajority approval threshold of 60% for any amendment to the Florida Constitution to take effect, which is a high enough hurdle. To put the same question on the ballot again two years later to essentially the same voter pool is obstructionist and disrespectful to the electorate.

Amendment 5 – Taxes:

A “yes” vote supports extending the period during which a person may transfer Save Our Homes benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years.
A “no” vote opposes extending the period during which a person may transfer Save Our Homes benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY recommends YES

Amendment 6Taxes:

A “yes” vote supports allowing a homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.
A “no” vote opposes allowing a homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY recommends YES