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.
This fourth referendum proposes some procedural changes to county elections: not counting the votes for candidates who are unable to stay in the race through the election (either because they drop out, are disqualified, or pass away), and deeming a person who runs unopposed the elected winner once the qualifying period is over.
Here’s the official wording:
Shall the charter be amended to provide that when a candidate for county commission or mayor withdraws, becomes disqualified, or becomes deceased prior to an election no votes cast for such candidate shall be counted and that when a candidate for county commission or mayor is unopposed in an election after the close of qualification such candidate shall be deemed elected to office?
This change could reduce the number of items on increasingly long, confusing ballots.
If you vote yes, then in future county elections unopposed candidates will be elected automatically, way before election day. And if a candidate is no longer in a particular race, the votes cast for that person won’t count, which means that candidates no longer in the race can’t accidentally throw off the election for the remaining candidates.
If you vote no, the charter won’t change and the process will remain the same. Votes cast for candidates who end up leaving a race will count, and unopposed candidates will still appear on the ballot.