Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 093185
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File Number: 093185 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-67-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY RELATED TO EARLY VOTING Introduced: 11/30/2009
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 1/21/2010
Agenda Date: 1/21/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A20
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PROVIDE COUNTIES ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY RELATED TO EARLY VOTING AND COUNTY ELECTIONS THAT DO NOT INVOLVE STATE OR FEDERAL OFFICES OR ISSUES
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 1/21/2010 11A20 Adopted P

County Attorney 11/30/2009 Assigned Jess M. McCarty 11/30/2009

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO PROVIDE COUNTIES ADDITIONAL FLEXIBILITY RELATED TO EARLY VOTING AND COUNTY ELECTIONS THAT DO NOT INVOLVE STATE OR FEDERAL OFFICES OR ISSUES

BODY
WHEREAS, early voting has become a popular way for citizens to exercise their right to vote; and
WHEREAS, early voting is extensively regulated by state statute that limits the timeframe and hours when and sites where early voting can occur; and
WHEREAS, for most elections, state statute requires two weeks of early voting, beginning on the 15th day before an election and ending on the second day before an election; and
WHEREAS, the only exceptions to the requirement that there be two weeks of early voting is municipal elections not held in conjunction with state or county elections where municipalities may opt out, and
WHEREAS, unlike with municipal elections, state statute does not provide an exception for county elections that are not held in conjunction with state or federal elections; and
WHEREAS, this is an issue that only a few counties in the State of Florida must contend with as a result of not benefiting from a consolidated elections calendar; and
WHEREAS , every county election that is not held in conjunction with a state or federal election must include two full weeks of early voting at significant cost to the taxpayers; and
WHEREAS, for certain county elections, two full weeks of early voting is not needed; and
WHEREAS, the Legislature should provide counties similar flexibility to cities related to early voting for county elections not held in conjunction with state or federal elections,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to provide more flexibility related to early voting and countywide elections that do involve state or federal offices or issues.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County’s state lobbyists to advocate for the issue identified in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2010 State Legislative Package.



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