Voter Guide: 2016 General Election

2016 General Election, Florida State Senate

This is the first general election since Florida’s senate districts were redrawn and you may have landed in a new district or have different candidates than you expected. As you’ll see below, many incumbent candidates are running in different districts than they currently serve. District 36 René Garcia (R) Garcia is the current senator of […]

/ October 22, 2016


2016 General Election, Florida State House of Representatives

District 103 Manny Diaz Jr. (R) Manny Díaz, Jr. is the incumbent candidate, elected in 2012. He currently serves as the assistant principal of Hialeah Miami Lakes Senior High. His primary issues are reforming charter schools, helping to stop red light cameras, and reducing the effects of rock mining blasting. He received his B.A. from […]

/ October 22, 2016


2016 General Election, Circuit Court Judges: Group 34

Circuit courts are the highest-level trial courts in the state. They handle major criminal, civil (more than $15,000 in question), juvenile, and probate cases. These names might look familiar. This is a runoff race between the top two candidates from the Aug. 30 election. Because these are nonpartisan races, we don’t list the candidates’ parties. They also […]

/ October 20, 2016


2016 General Election, Miami-Dade County School Board: District 6

No candidate clinched a majority in the District 6 school board race on Aug. 30. These are the two candidates who made it to the runoff. Modesto “Mo” Abety Maria Teresa “Mari Tere” Rojas Modesto “Mo” Abety Occupation: Retired, former president/CEO of The Children’s Trust Education: (M.P.A) Bernard M. Baruch College Relevant Experience: Former President/CEO of […]

/ October 20, 2016


Circuit Court Judges, 2016 General Election: Group 52

Circuit courts are the highest-level trial courts in the state. They handle major criminal, civil (more than $15,000 in question), juvenile, and probate cases. These names might look familiar. This is a runoff race between the top two candidates from the Aug. 30 election. Because these are nonpartisan races, we don’t list the candidates’ parties. They also […]

/ October 20, 2016


County Questions

There are two county wide questions in your ballot. One is about who has control over special taxing districts and another is about access to information. Here’s what you’ll see on your ballot: Charter Amendment on Control of Special Purpose Districts in Municipalities Shall the Charter be amended to allow the Board of County Commissioners […]

/ October 20, 2016


2016 General Election: Amendment 5

Courtesy of Ben Smith/Flickr Creative Commons This amendment is kind of wonky. The point is basically to fix an amendment that voters passed in 2012 that gives low-income senior citizens a break on property taxes. What’s on your ballot: NO. 5 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6 ARTICLE XII Homestead Tax Exemption for Certain Senior, […]

/ October 20, 2016


2016 General Election: Amendment 1

Flickr Creative Commons / Marufish You’ve probably heard a lot about Amendment 1. All kinds of cheerful ads on Twitter and Facebook with smiling suns are telling you to vote yes on it. But voting yes hurts solar energy’s expansion across Florida. It will remove the incentive that encourages people to take on the big […]

/ October 20, 2016


2016 General Election: Amendment 3

This one is pretty straightforward: Should first responders (police officers, firefighters, and paramedics) who have been permanently disabled while doing their job (i.e. putting out a fire) have to pay property taxes? Here’s what you’ll see on your ballot: NO. 3 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTION 6, ARTICLE XII Tax Exemption for Totally and Permanently Disabled […]

/ October 20, 2016


2016 General Election: Amendment 2

If you feel like you’ve seen this one before, you’re high. Just kidding, it’s because you probably have. A version of this amendment was on the ballot in 2014 and it failed by a pretty slim margin. It needed 60 percent to pass, and it got 58 percent. It’s been reworked and refined and now […]

/ October 20, 2016