Explaining the proposed amendments on the ballot in Florida

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Hundreds of thousands of Florida voters have already mailed in their ballots for the 2020 general election and early voting throughout the state begins on Monday. 

While the main focus of the election is choosing between President Donald Trump and Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden, Floridians will also be faced with six proposed amendments. 

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Here is a breakdown of the six amendments:

AMENDMENT 1: Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections

Under Amendment 1, the state constitution would change the language in the state constitution to say the “only a citizen” of the United States would be allowed to vote in Florida. 

The Florida Constitution now 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.”

The proposal would change that wording to: “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.” 

For more information on Amendment 1, click HERE.

AMENDMENT 2: Raising Florida's Minimum Wage

Under Amendment 2, Florida voters will decide whether to raise the minimum wage from $8.56 to $15 by 2026.

Amendment 2 raises the minimum wage to $10 per hour effective September 30 of next year. Each subsequent year, the minimum wage will increase by $1 per hour until the minimum wage reaches $15 per hour on September 30, 2026. Moving forward, future minimum wage increases will be adjusted annually for inflation, beginning in 2027.

For more information on Amendment 2, click HERE.

AMENDMENT 3: All Voters Vote in Primary Elections for State Offices

Under Amendment 3, registered voters in Florida would be allowed to cast ballots in primary elections regardless of party affiliation. The two candidates getting the most votes in each primary would advance to the general election.

For more information on Amendment 3, click HERE.

AMENDMENT 4: Voter Approval of Constitutional Amendments

Amendment 4 would require any amendment to be approved in two separate elections before it could be written into the constitution. Approval of 60 percent of the electorate would be needed each time.

For more information on Amendment 4, click HERE.

AMENDMENT 5: Limitation on Homestead Assessments

Amendment 5, which was placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature, extends the window of time that Florida homeowners have to transfer a Save Our Homes tax benefit from two to three years when moving to a new residence. 

Analysis by state officials shows that passage of the amendment will reduce local property tax receipts by $1.8 million beginning in Fiscal Year 2021-2022, increasing to $10.2 million by Fiscal Year 2025-2026.

For more information on Amendment 5, click HERE.

AMENDMENT 6: Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans who had Permanent, Combat-related Disabilities

Amendment 6, which was placed on the ballot by the Florida Legislature, would allow for homestead property tax discounts for deceased veterans with combat-related disabilities to carry over to a veteran’s surviving spouse until that spouse remarries or sells the property.

If the spouse sells the property and does not remarry, the spouse’s new primary residence would receive the homestead tax discount. Surviving families would be given financial assistance with the passage of the amendment. 

For more information on Amendment 6, click HERE.

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