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Florida 2017 Ballot

Statewide and Local Sample Ballots In 2017

Sample ballots are specific to a given election district. They contain partisan and nonpartisan offices that may appear on a particular election's ballot. The Sample Ballot provides the order the contests and candidates will appear on the ballot. Most towns have only one sample ballot. However, there may be some municipalities with multiple ballots based on specific local races for an elected position.

Although sample ballots, in most states, are sent to voters in the mail, we would advise you contact your local election office for details on when you should expect to receive one in the mail.

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  • Ballot Questions
    November,8,2016
    Topic
    Ballot Title/Ballot Summary
    Energy & Electric Utilities | Environmental Protection

    Constitutional Amendment 1: Consumer Rights Regarding Solar Energy Amendment

    Establishes a right under Florida's constitution for consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use. State and local governments shall retain their abilities to protect consumer rights and public health, safety and welfare, and to ensure that consumers who do not choose to install solar are not required to subsidize the costs of backup power and electric grid access to those who do

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes4,544,60150.8 %
    No4,406,58349.2 %
    Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy

    Constitutional Amendment 2: Legalization of Medical Marijuana Amendment

    Allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not immunize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes6,496,15771.3 %
    No2,616,12828.7 %
    Tax & Revenue

    Constitutional Amendment 3: Tax Exemption for Permanently and Totally Disabled First Responders Amendment

    Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize a first responder, who is totally and permanently disabled as a result of injuries sustained in the line of duty, to receive relief from ad valorem taxes assessed on homestead property, if authorized by general law

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes7,472,60383.8 %
    No1,447,74116.2 %
    Tax & Revenue

    Constitutional Amendment 5: Homestead Tax Exemption for Seniors Amendment

    Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to revise the homestead tax exemption that may be granted by counties or municipalities for property with just value less than $250,000 owned by certain senior, low-income, long-term residents to specify that just value is determined in the first tax year the owner applies and is eligible for the exemption.

    WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT THIS BALLOT INITIATIVE
    RESULTVOTES PCT.
    Yes6,871,00778.3 %
    No1,905,16121.7 %
    Offices Up For Elections
    Executive Branch
    President Of The United States -
    Legislative Branch
    State House - All 120 seats in the chamber are up for election in 2016
    State Senate - In 22 of the 40 seats up for election in 2016
    US House - Voters will elect 27 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's 27 congressional districts.
    US Senate - Voters in Florida will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 8, 2016.
    Judicial Branch
    State Judges - Twenty-eight appeals court seats in five districts are up for retention in 2016.
    Local Judges -
    Local Government
    School board - The 38 Florida school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held school board elections for 94 seats in 2016.
    Candidate List
    Florida Laws for voting for a write in candidate
    Can I write-in a Presidential Candidate? Yes
    Should The Candidate File Paperwork in advance? Yes

    Florida is one of the 34 states that require a write-in presidential candidate to file some paperwork in advance of an election. A write-in candidate for the presidency must file an oath with the Florida Secretary of State in order to have his or her votes tallied. This form must be filed no earlier than 57th day and no later than the 49th day prior to the general primary election (which is distinct from the presidential preference primary election).

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    Florida Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(120)
    (41)(79)
    State Senators(40)
    (15)(25)
    US Representatives(27)
    (11)(16)
    US Senators(2)
    (1)(1)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    When's The Next Election?

    UPCOMING DATES
    May 2, 2017
    Florida : City of St. Petersburg Special Election Referendum
    August 29, 2017
    Florida : St Petersburg Primary Election
    November 7, 2017
    Florida : Hialeah Primary Election
    Florida : General Election