Elections

Special Elections

New York’s 3rd Congressional District Special Election

(Tom Suozzi D vs Mazi Melesa Pilip R) – Tuesday, Feb. 13

Battleground State Races to Follow and Get Involved In

  • Arizona (11 Electoral Votes),
  • Georgia (16),
  • Wisconsin (10),
  • Nevada (6),
  • (PA leans Dem, NC leans R)

3 Key US Senate races are tossups:

  • Montana (Jon Tester (D) and Brad Johnson, Thomas Lake or Tim Sheehy (Rs)),
  • Ohio (Sherrod Brown (D) and Matt Doan, Frank Larosa or Bernie Moreno (Rs)),
  • Arizona (Ruben Gallego (D) and Mark Lamb or Kari Lake (R)), and NOT Florida or Texas

Upcoming Elections

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Meanwhile, we are providing information on important national races, especially battleground and flippable races.

Tue 20 August
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

PRIMARY ELECTION | Key Biscayne | Miami Gardens

Tue 05 November
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

GENERAL ELECTION

Tue 19 November
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Bal Harbour | Biscayne Park | El Portal | North Bay | No. Miami Beach | Pinecrest

Tue 26 November
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Medley | Miami Lakes Run-Off Election

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Important National Dates in 2024

Electoral College

While Election Day is on Nov. 5, the Electoral College votes are not cast until December. It takes 270 electoral votes out of a possible 538 to win the presidential election. 

Electors meet on the first Tuesday after the second Wednesday in December  (Dec 17) to cast their votes for President and Vice President of the United States.

Other important 2024 dates

Full list of major 2024 political dates

Thu 18 July

Republican National Convention

Mon 19 August

Democratic National Convention

Tue 20 August

Democratic National Convention

Wed 21 August

Democratic National Convention

Thu 22 August

Democratic National Convention

Tue 05 November
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Election Day

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Be Election Ready

  • ELECTION INFORMATION – The Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections office has a great website and a friendly, helpful staff.  If you have any questions about voter registration, signing up for vote-by-mail, voting, or even the status of your own ballot, please go to:
    www.MiamiDade.Gov/Elections  or call 305-499-8444.

When you go vote, whether at an early voting site or on Election Day, you must have a current and valid ID that has your name, photo and signature. Acceptable ID includes:

  • Florida Driver’s License
  • Florida ID card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • United States Passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military ID
  • Student ID
  • Retirement center ID
  • Public assistance ID
  • Neighborhood Association ID
  • Florida concealed-weapon license
  • Veteran Health ID Cards from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Government-issued employee ID

Your ID will only be used to confirm your identity and to make sure the signature matches what’s in the voter system. Your ID will not be used to compare the information to your voter ID number or address.

Miami Dade Voter Information tool allows you to read your customized sample ballot, request a mail ballot, check the status of your mail ballot, and learn when your next election will be and where you must go to vote.

You can also make changes to your voter information, check your voter activity over the last year, and more.

Redistricting

For the latest information, please check here:

You may: 

  • Be in a new district with one or more new elected officials
  • Be assigned to a new precinct
  • Vote at a new polling location

The Miami-Dade Elections Department will issue new voter information cards to all voters impacted by the redistricting process prior to the August 23, 2022 Primary Election.

Check out your latest district and precinct information by going to the Miami Dade Voter Information page.

The Thought Process Behind Recommendations For Amendments And Referenda On The Ballot In Nov 2022

BLUE WAVE COALITION MIAMI DADE MADE THEIR DECISIONS OVER WEEKS OF RESEARCH AND DISCUSSION AND BY MAJORITY VOTE OF OUR 11 PARTNER GROUPS.

ROB PIPER’S PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION IN NO WAY REFLECT THE POSITION OF THE MIAMI-DADE DEMOCRATIC PARTY but BWCMD found them to be thoughtful and worth including in their entirety.

More information on these amendments and the constitutional amendment process in Florida can be found here: https://www.jamesmadison.org/2022-florida-amendment-guide/

STATE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

(FYI these originated in the legislature, NOT through Florida Constitution Revision Commission, Citizens’ Initiative, Constitutional Convention, or Florida Taxation and Budget Reform Commission)

AMENDMENT 1  VOTE NO #201

Effective January 1, 2023, authorizes the Legislature to PROHIBIT flood resistance improvements to a home from being considered when determining the property’s assessed value for property taxes.

BWCMD RATIONALE: Voting yes will chip away at our tax base and will be a benefit to wealthier homeowners: plus, tax regulations do not need to be enshrined in the constitution, they should be legislated.

ROBERT PIPER PERSONAL RATIONALE: voting yes will cost the state too much in lost tax revenue AND there is also a potential for abuse by wealthier homeowners who CHOOSE to purchase homes in flood zones such as low-lying barrier islands or reclaimed swampland (taxpayers who prudently chose to live on dry land should not be expected front tax break on the value of the improvements added to mitigate flooding.

AMENDMENT 2  VOTE NO #203

Abolishes the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC). 

ROB PIPER PERSONAL RATIONALE: the CRC is not perfect, but it belongs to the people as one of the few mechanisms in place for amending the Constitution.

BWCMD agrees with Rob.

AMENDMENT 3 VOTE NO #205

Effective January 1, 2023, authorizes the Legislature to grant an additional homestead tax exemption for non-school levies of up to $50,000 of the assessed value of homestead property owned by classroom teachers, law enforcement officers, correctional officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, child welfare services professionals, active-duty members of the United States Armed Forces and Florida National Guard members.

ROB PIPER PERSONAL RATIONALE: voting yes will again cost the state too much in lost tax revenue and does NOTHING to solve the affordability crisis. . . especially for those teachers, police, firefighters, etc. that live and work in parts of Florida where they are forced to rent because local homes are considerably more expensive. As a retired Marine, I can personally say that this amendment is a bad idea because I was stationed with many active-duty Marines that could not afford to buy a home in Miami-Dade County. A homestead tax exemption would have done nothing for them!

BWCMD agrees with Rob’s rationale and adds that there are other very worthy groups (which these groups are) that are now being placed in a different “class” in terms of benefits which is inherently unfair. Additionally, tax regulations do not need to be enshrined in the constitution, they should be legislated.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY REFERENDA

 

REFERENDUM 1 VOTE YES #206

Amending the County Charter to require an oath of office for Mayor and County Commissioners to swear or affirm “that they will support, protect and defend the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter and the government of Miami-Dade County.”

BWCMD Recommends YES because we see this as an oath to stand up for Miami-Dade in a time when the State of Florida, under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, is grabbing power to control in what has historically and, in our view rightly, been decided locally, from use of plastic bags to a special election protection force that reports only to DeSantis.

ROBERT PIPER RECOMMENDS NO WITH THIS RATIONALE: As a retired Marine, there is only one oath for which I am comfortable: “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Having a separate oath at the county level is a slippery slope that harkens back to the whole “states’ rights” argument for undermining Constitutionally granted freedoms.

REFERENDUM 2 VOTE YES #208     

Amending the County Charter to require voter approval for the Board of County Commissioners to transfer ownership or governing authority of the Miami International Airport, PortMiami, or Miami-Dade Expressway Authority.

ROB PIPER RATIONALE: These transportation assets belong to US! And before a commissioner tries to give control of them to a bunch of multi-millionaire developers and landlords, we as residents should have a say in that (not that we would let them do it).

BWCMD agrees with Rob.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD REFERENDUM

REFERENDUM 1 VOTE YES #21

To allow Miami-Date County School Board to enact a property tax of 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of assessed property value) from July 2023 through June 2027 to fund school operations and teacher compensation.

BWCMD RATIONALE: This is an annual renewal of an existing tax to fund school operations and teacher compensation that takes place every year so that the right amount of funds is in place at the right time to fund education.  There will be no increase in your taxes, just a continuation.

ROB PIPER RATIONALE: The revenue raised from this will improve county schools across the board. As a homeowner, I have no issue with my property taxes going up a bit to help this effort.

CITY OF MIAMI REFERENDUM


REFERENDUM 1
VOTE YES #228

99-year lease extension to redevelop existing Hyatt Hotel and Knight Center.

BWCMD RATIONALE: The Hyatt Hotel and Knight Center are old, tired, and outdated in a big section of prime downtown property.  While we never know all the backroom conversations, the increase in revenue to the city through rent and fees in significant and substantial (see Rob’s figures below).

ROB PIPER RATIONALE: This is similar to the Wharf Lease Extension, Hyatt is going to run this property anyway, and if they are going to front the bill to develop it and make it better, they might as well get to lease it for 99 years . . . especially if they are going to give the city more rent (minimum $2.5 million) and contributions to affordable housing ($25 million).

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