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File Number: 102598
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File Number: 102598 File Type: Resolution Status: Withdrawn
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Government Operations Committee
File Name: ABOLISH 13 COMM. DISTRICTS & CREATE 2-TIERED DISTRICTING Introduced: 10/29/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/9/2010
Agenda Date: Agenda Item Number: 11A
Notes: SEE ALTERNATE #102613 [NOTE TO CAO: ITEM FILED IN COMM. FOLDER] Title: RESOLUTION CALLING A COUNTYWIDE SPECIAL ELECTION IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITTING TO THE ELECTORS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY THE QUESTION OF WHETHER TO AMEND THE HOME RULE CHARTER TO ABOLISH THE CURRENT 13 COMMISSION DISTRICTS AND CREATE A NEW TWO-TIERED DISTRICTING ELECTORAL SYSTEM COMPRISED OF AT-LARGE AND SINGLE-MEMBER COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICTS
Indexes: CHARTER AMENDMENT
  COMMISSION DISTRICTS
Sponsors: Carlos A. Gimenez, Prime 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

Government Operations Committee 11/9/2010 2M Withdrawn P
REPORT: During consideration of changes to the agenda, and pursuant to the County Manager's Memorandum of Requested Changes to the November 9, 2010 Government Operations Committee agenda, the foregoing proposed resolution was withdrawn.

County Manager 11/8/2010 Withdrawals 11/9/2010

County Attorney 10/29/2010 Referred Government Operations Committee 11/9/2010

County Attorney 10/29/2010 Assigned Robert A. Duvall

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION CALLING A COUNTYWIDE SPECIAL ELECTION IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITTING TO THE ELECTORS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY THE QUESTION OF WHETHER TO AMEND THE HOME RULE CHARTER TO ABOLISH THE CURRENT 13 COMMISSION DISTRICTS AND CREATE A NEW TWO-TIERED DISTRICTING ELECTORAL SYSTEM COMPRISED OF AT-LARGE AND SINGLE-MEMBER COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICTS

BODY
WHEREAS, Sections 1.03 and 1.04 of the Home Rule Charter presently provide that there shall be thirteen (13) County Commission districts; and
WHEREAS, a two-tiered districting scheme comprised of three (3) at-large and six (6) single-member districts will provide voters with an opportunity to participate in a greater number of elections for the County Commission, as well as provide for a county-wide perspective in County Commission deliberations,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA:
Section 1. A countywide special election is hereby called and shall be held in Miami-Dade County, Florida on [ ], 2011, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of Miami-Dade County the proposal for amendment to the Home Rule Charter in the form attached hereto and made a part hereof.
Section 2. Notice of such election shall be published in accordance with Section 100.342, Florida Statutes.
Section 3. The result of such election shall be determined by a majority of the qualified electors of Miami-Dade County voting upon the proposal. The polls at such election shall be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on the day of such election. All qualified electors of Miami-Dade County, Florida shall be entitled to vote at said election. The County registration books shall remain open at the Office of the Miami-Dade County Supervisor of Elections until twenty-nine (29) days prior to the date of such election, at which time the registration books will close in accordance with the provisions of general election laws. The question shall appear on the ballot in substantially the following form:
HOME RULE CHARTER AMENDMENT
CREATING A TWO-TIERED SYSTEM
OF COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICTS

SHALL THE CHARTER BE AMENDED,EFFECTIVE WITH THE COMMISSIONER ELECTIONS IN 2012, TOABOLISH THE CURRENT THIRTEEN COMMISSION DISTRICTS AND CREATE A NEW TWO-TIERED DISTRICTING SYSTEM COMPRISED OF THREE AT-LARGE DISTRICT SEATS AND SIX DISTRICT SEATS WITH AT-LARGE COMMISSIONERS ELECTED TO FOUR YEAR TERMS AND DISTRICT COMMISSIONERS ELECTED TO TWO YEAR TERMS IN 2012 AND THEREAFTER TO FOUR YEAR TERMS?

YES

NO

Section 4. The form of the ballot shall be in accordance with the requirements of general election laws.
Section 5. Early voting shall be conducted in accordance with the requirements of general election laws.
Section 6. Absentee paper ballots may be used by qualified electors of Miami-Dade County for voting on this question. The form of such absentee ballot shall be in accordance with the requirements prescribed by general election laws.
Section 7. A sample ballot showing the manner in which the question or proposal aforesaid will appear at this election shall be published and provided in accordance with the applicable provisions of general election laws.
Section 8. This special election on the proposal aforesaid shall be held and conducted in accordance with applicable provisions of the general laws relating to elections and the provisions of the Miami-Dade County Home Rule Charter. The County Mayor or his or her designee, the Finance Director, and the Clerk of the County Commission are hereby authorized and directed to take all appropriate actions necessary to carry into effect and accomplish the provisions of this resolution. This election shall be a nonpartisan election. Election officials in connection with this election shall be appointed in accordance with the provisions of general election laws.
Section 9. This election shall be canvassed by the County Canvassing Board, in accordance with the provisions of Section 3.07 of the Home Rule Charter.


MIAMI-DADE COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER

ARTICLE-11


BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

Section 1.03 DISTRICTS.


A There shall be [[thirteen]] >>three at-large Commission district seats and six single-member<< County Commission district[[s]] >>seats commencing with the County Commission elections in 2012<<. [[The current boundaries of these districts shall be as shown on the map attached as Exhibit A and made a part hereof.]] >>The initial boundaries of the six single-member districts shall be drawn using the most current available decennial census data.<<

* * *

Section 1.04 COMPOSITION OF THE COMMISSION.

[[The Commission shall consist of thirteen members, each of whom shall be a qualified elector residing within his or her district for at least six months and within the County for at least three years before qualifying and who shall be elected by the qualified electors of his or her district.]]
>>Commencing with the County Commission elections in 2012, The Commission shall consist of three at-large members elected by the qualified electors of Miami-Dade County to three countywide at-large seats and six district members elected by the qualified electors of the single-member districts. All members of the Commission shall have resided within the County for at least three years before qualifying and each district member shall be a qualified elector residing within his or her district for at least six months before qualifying.<<


Section 3.01 ELECTION AND COMMENCEMENT OF TERMS OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

A. >>Commencing with the elections in 2012, Commissioners from at-large districts shall be elected to a four year term of office and Commissioners from single-member districts shall be elected to two year terms of office in 2012 and thereafter elected to four year terms.<< [[The election of the Commissioners from even-numbered districts shall be held in 1994 and every four years thereafter and the election of Commissioners from odd-numbered districts shall be held in 1996 and every four years thereafter]] >>Such elections shall be held<< at the time of the state primary elections.

1Words stricken through and/or [[double bracketed]] shall be deleted. Words underscored and/or >>double arrowed<< constitute the amendment proposed. Remaining provisions are now in effect and remain unchanged.



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