||States in the state Constitution that only U.S. citizens can vote in federal, state, local, or school elections
||Increases the state minimum wage to $15 by 2026
||Establishes a top-two open primary system for state office primary elections
||Requires voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election
Increases the period during which a person may transfer "Save Our Homes" benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years
||Allows a homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran
On August 29 the State Executive Committee of the Florida Democratic Party passed resolutions taking positions on two proposed Constitutional Amendments and reaffirming our Party position on one. Here is a summary of these positions:
With regard to Amendment 1, The Florida Constitution currently says, "Every citizen of the United States who is at least eighteen years of age and who is a permanent resident of the state, if registered as provided by law, shall be an elector of the county where registered."
Under the ballot measure, the Florida Constitution would say, "Only a citizen of the United States who is at least eighteen years of age and who is a permanent resident of the state, if registered as provided by law, shall be an elector of the county where registered." The DEC does takes the position to VOTE NO FOR AMENDMENT 1
· The Florida Democratic Party and the DEC urges the voters of Florida to gradually raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 by 2026 and VOTE YES FOR AMENDMENT 2.
· The Florida Democratic Party has by a previous resolution, and the DEC by vote, indicated its OPPOSITION TO AMENDMENT 3 – All Voters Vote in a Primary Elections for State Legislatures, Governor and Cabinet
· The Florida Democratic Party, and the DEC, urges the voters of Florida to protect the power it has to overrule career politicians and big-money special interests and to VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT 4 (Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments)
The DEC is urging the voters of Escambia County to VOTE FOR AMENDMENT 5.
The DEC is urging the voters of Escambia County to VOTE FOR AMENDMENT 6. This amendment would allow a homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran. The discount would be in effect until the spouse remarries, sells, or otherwise disposes of the property. If the spouse sells the property and does not remarry, the spouse's new primary residence may receive a homestead tax discount not exceeding the dollar amount from the most recent ad valorem tax roll. The amendment would take effect January 1, 2021. Currently, the homestead property tax discount for veterans expires upon their death and is not extended to their spouses.