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Choosing the right candidate to vote for can be very difficult. That’s why we’ve created this Candidate Portal for voters to learn more about our recommended Democratic candidates on the ballot.

Democrats are running to: Bring down the costs of everyday goods, fully fund affordable housing, lower property insurance rates, defend a woman’s right to choose, end gun violence in our communities, and support our public schools & educators.

On Tuesday, November 8th, Duval County voters will go to the polls to vote on several vital races: U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor, Duval County Sheriff, Florida Senate, Florida House of Representatives, Florida Supreme Court, District Court of Appeals, and City Council. Use our guide below to make the right choices. Together, let’s preserve the American Dream and support our community with our vote!

2022 Voter Guide

U.S. Senate: Val Demings (Vote For)
U.S. House, District 4: LaShonda “L.J.” Holloway (Vote For)

Governor: Charlie Crist (Vote For)
Attorney General: Aramis Ayala (Vote For)
Chief Financial Officer: Adam Hattersley (Vote For)
State Senate, District 5: Tracie Davis (Vote For)
State Representative, District 12: Angie Nixon (Vote For)
State Representative, District 17: Michael Anderson (Vote For)

Sheriff: Lakesha Burton (Vote For)
City Council, District 7: Reggie Gaffney Jr. (Vote For)

Florida Supreme Court: The Supreme Court of Florida is the highest court in Florida. The justices are appointed by the governor to set terms, which do not exceed six years. Immediately after appointment, the initial term is three years or less because the justices must appear on the ballot in the next general election that occurs more than one year after their appointment. Afterward, they serve six-year terms and remain in office if retained in the general election near the end of each term. Citizens vote on whether or not they want to retain each justice in office.

 

Recommendations:

Charles T. Canady: No to Retain
John D. Couriel: No to Retain
Jamie Grosshans: No to Retain
Jorge Labarga: Yes to Retain
Ricky Polston: No to Retain

District Court of Appeals: The district court of appeal are the intermediate appellate courts of the Florida state court system. District court of appeal judges, like Florida Supreme Court justices, are first recommended by the Florida Judicial Nominating Commission. They are then appointed by the governor of Florida, but have retention elections every six years, in which voters are asked on the ballot to vote whether the judge should be retained in office.

 

Recommendations:

Ross L. Bilbrey: No to Retain
Susan Kelsey: No to Retain
Bobby Long: No to Retain
Lori Rowe: No to Retain
Bo Winokur: No to Retain

Amendment 1: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution, effective January 1, 2023, to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit the consideration of any change or improvement made to real property used for residential purposes to improve the property’s resistance to flood damage in determining the assessed value of such property for ad valorem taxation purposes.


Recommendation: No on 1. This amendment benefits wealthy homeowners, by permanently exempting improvements made to their property from property and ad valorem taxes that benefit schools and city infrastructure.

 

Amendment 2: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to abolish the Constitution Revision Commission, which meets at 20-year intervals and is scheduled to next convene in 2037, as a method of submitting proposed amendments or revisions to the State Constitution to electors of the state for approval. This amendment does not affect the ability to revise or amend the State Constitution through citizen initiative, constitutional convention, the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission, or legislative joint resolution.

 

Recommendation: Yes on 2. This amendment abolishes the state Constitution Revision Commission; a body that has been used by the GOP to push un-popular amendments into our state constitution.

 

Amendment 3: Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law, 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. This amendment shall take effect January 1, 2023.


Recommendation: Yes on 3. This amendment provides additional $50k property tax exemptions to teachers, law enforcement, first responders, child welfare workers, and active armed services members.

HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE

You register or update your voter registration online! You can apply to register to vote at any time. However, you must be registered in the state by the book closing date to vote in an election. The registration deadline for the November 8th General Election is October 11th. Updating your registration to change your name, address, and signature is NOT limited by the book closing deadline.

EARLY VOTING

Anyone registered to vote in the State of Florida and living in Duval County may vote at any early voting site during early voting. Early Voting will be held from October 24th – November 6th. Twenty (20) sites will be open 7:00am – 7:00pm. Secure drop boxes are also available inside each early voting location.

HOW TO VOTE BY MAIL

It’s always important to have a voting backup plan. With important November Election, it’s comforting to receive your ballot at home, even if you still want to early vote or vote on election day. Sign up right now by clicking on the link below – it’ll take you directly to the Duval Supervisor of Elections page. Signing up takes less than five minutes! Or you can call the Supervisor of Elections’ office: 904-255-3434 and handle the request over the phone.

 

Requesting and Returning your Vote-by-Mail Ballot

All requests for a vote-by-mail ballot must be made no later than 5pm on the 10th day before an election. You can still pick up a vote-by-mail ballot from the Supervisor of Elections up until, or including Election Day.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the Duval County Supervisor of Elections no later than 7pm on Election Day in order to be counted. Ballots can be returned by mail, in person, or at a secure drop box. It’s important to follow all instructions on a vote-by mail ballot to make sure it is counted. You can correct a missing or mismatched signature on your vote-by-mail ballot.

Note: You must renew your mail voting application and submit a form of identification every two years.

 

How to Vote in Person if Vote-by-Mail Ballot was Requested

A voter who has requested a ballot may still vote in person. The voter should bring the ballot (marked or unmarked) to the polls to turn the ballot in and vote a regular ballot. If the voter does not bring the ballot to the polls for whatever reason, the Duval County Supervisor of Elections’ office will need to confirm that the ballot has not already been returned and received. If the ballot has not been received, the voter will be allowed to vote a regular ballot. If the ballot has been received, the ballot is deemed cast and the voter to have voted. If the voter believes the office is incorrect for whatever reason, the voter is allowed to vote a provisional ballot.

FIND YOUR PRECINCT

The precinct is an administrative designation establishing the geographic boundaries of the smallest voting district. All voters in a given precinct vote at the same location on Election Day, using the same ballot—same candidates, same ballot questions.

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PROTECTING YOUR VOTE

The Florida Democratic Party is working every day to ensure every eligible Floridian has the opportunity to cast a ballot and have that ballot counted. Because all politics is local, our county voter protection teams work to protect the vote in their respective communities. Through the Voter Protection Assistance Hotline, we answer questions from voters and prospective electors from all 67 counties in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole.

Need Assistance, call the Voter Assistance Hotline at (833) VOTE-FLA or (833) 868-3352