Democrats believe that cooperation is better than conflict, unity is better than division, empowerment is better than resentment, and bridges are better than walls. We are greater together than we are on our own.
We are the people—diverse, inclusive, and united by the principles of the Democratic Party. In these times, your vote matters more than ever. Every human being counts. Every community counts. Every vote counts.
Voting is a right of all Americans and the way we, as a democracy, determine the direction of our country. The Escambia Democratic Party provides information on candidates and issues, and is here to help with any part of the voting process. Your vote matters.
Civil Rights: Democrats will always fight to end discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
Education: Democrats know that every child, no matter who they are, how much their families earn, or where they live, should have access to a high-quality education, from preschool through high school and beyond.
Environment: Democrats believe that climate change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our national security, and our children’s health and futures, and that Americans deserve the jobs and security that come from becoming the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.
Health Care: Democrats have been fighting to secure universal health care for the American people for generations, and we are proud to be the party that passed Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.
Immigration Reform: Democrats believe immigration is not just a problem to be solved, it is a defining aspect of the American character and our shared history.
Jobs and the Economy: We are committed to doing everything we can to build a full-employment economy, where everyone has a job that pays enough to raise a family and live in dignity with a sense of purpose.
Retirement Security: Seniors should not have to choose between putting food on the table, keeping a roof over their heads, or buying the medication that they need to stay healthy.
Voting Rights: The Democratic Party was founded on the promise of an expanded democracy. Democrats believe we must make it easier to vote, not harder.
Science and Technology: Democrats value American technological innovation and scientific ingenuity and believe it is one of our country’s great strengths.
National Security: Democrats believe that America must lead in the world to grow our economy, protect our interests and values, and make our country safer and more prosperous. Democrats further believe that when America leads, it must be as a principled force for peace and prosperity in the world.
Along with election of one of our two U.S. Senators, our Representative in Congress, our Governor, and other state, district, and local prepresentatives, thirteen statewide amendments to the Florida Constittion and two Escambia County referendum initiatives are slated for the November 6, 2018 ballot.
Amendments 6, 8, and 13 were challenged and struck down by court rulings in August. The three amendments were removed from the ballot. With the decisions being appealed, they could potentially appear on the ballot in November.
NO AMENDMENT 1
Increased Homestead Property Tax Exemption
NO AMENDMENT 2
Limitations on Property Tax Assessments
YES AMENDMENT 3
Voter Approval of Casino Gambling
YES AMENDMENT 4
Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative
NO AMENDMENT 5
Two-Thirds Vote of Legislature to Impose, Authorize or Raise State Taxes or Fees
NO AMENDMENT 6
Marsy’s Law Crime Victim Rights; Judicial Retirement Age and Judicial Interpretation of Laws and Rules
NO AMENDMENT 7
First Responder and Military Member Survivor Benefits; Public Colleges and Universities
NO AMENDMENT 8
School Board Term Limits; Allow State to Operate Non-Board Established Schools and Civic Literacy
YES AMENDMENT 9
Florida Ban on Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling; Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces
NO AMENDMENT 10
State and Local Government Structure and Operation
We have not taken a position on AMENDMENT 11
Repeal Prohibition on Aliens’ Property Ownership; Delete Obsolete Provision on High-Speed Rail; Repeal of Criminal Statutes’ Effect on Prosecution
NO AMENDMENT 12
Lobbying Restrictions for Elected Officials
YES AMENDMENT 13
Florida Ban on Wagering on Dog Races
YES REFERENDUM for Appointment of Escambia County Superintendent of Schools
YES REFERENDUM on Preservation of Santa Rosa Island
If adopted, the policy will prohibit privatization of public land and protect Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach.
NOTE: The titles/descriptions of the amendments and referendums may include different wording on your ballot. Several of the bundled amendments are under review and may or may not appear on your ballot in November.
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Updated September 1, 2018