Voter guide: November 2018 Midterm Elections
- We're publishing new sections of our November 2018 Midterm Election Guide each day through October 24 to get you ready to cast your ballot. Here's what we've published so far:
- U.S. Congress: Senate, House District 25, House District 26, House District 27
- Florida: State amendments, Governor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Chief Financial Officer, Justices and Judges
- Local referenda: Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, City of Miami Beach
- Plus, if you’ve got questions on HOW to vote, check out our Q&A here.
County referendum 1 proposes making circuit court clerk elections nonpartisan, the way that the mayoral and county commission elections are.
Circuit court clerks are responsible for keeping all of the county’s records and financial information in order. That includes everything from criminal and civil court records to real estate deeds and traffic court information.
Here’s the official wording for the referendum:
Shall the Charter be amended to require that the election of Clerk of the Circuit Court be conducted on a nonpartisan basis and that no ballot shall show the party designation of any candidate for Clerk of the Circuit Court?
The idea behind this change is to keep the election free of political influence, so that voters can judge the candidates solely on their ability.
If you vote yes, the circuit court clerk election will become a nonpartisan race.
If you vote no, the charter won’t change.