Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 112275
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File Number: 112275 File Type: Resolution Status: Before the Board
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: ESTABLISH OFFICE OF SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS AS AN ELECTED Introduced: 10/25/2011
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 11/3/2011 Agenda Item Number: 11A23
Notes: CHARTER AMENDMENT Title: RESOLUTION CALLING A COUNTYWIDE SPECIAL ELECTION IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, [ ], 2012 FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITTING TO THE ELECTORS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY THE QUESTION OF WHETHER TO AMEND THE CHARTER TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS AS AN ELECTED CHARTER OFFICIAL WHO HAS MORE INDEPENDENCE THAN THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR AND WHO MAY BE RECALLED BY VOTERS, INSTEAD OF THE MAYOR BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR PERFORMING THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS THROUGH AN ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR WHO THE MAYOR APPOINTS, SUBJECT TO DISAPPROVAL BY THE COMMISSION, AND SUSPENSION, REPRIMAND, REMOVAL OR DISCHARGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MAYOR
Indexes: CHARTER AMENDMENT
  ELECTED OFFICIALS
  SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, 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

Board of County Commissioners 11/3/2011 11A23 Deferred
REPORT: SPECIAL NOTE: See Agenda Item 11A34 AMENDED, Legislative File No. 112352 for preliminary comments and discussion prior to the consideration of resolutions calling for a Countywide Special Election to amend the Home Rule Charter.

County Attorney 10/25/2011 Referred Infrastructure and Land Use Committee

County Attorney 10/25/2011 Assigned Monica Rizo

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION CALLING A COUNTYWIDE SPECIAL ELECTION IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, [ ], 2012 FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITTING TO THE ELECTORS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY THE QUESTION OF WHETHER TO AMEND THE CHARTER TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS AS AN ELECTED CHARTER OFFICIAL WHO HAS MORE INDEPENDENCE THAN THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR AND WHO MAY BE RECALLED BY VOTERS, INSTEAD OF THE MAYOR BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR PERFORMING THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS THROUGH AN ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR WHO THE MAYOR APPOINTS, SUBJECT TO DISAPPROVAL BY THE COMMISSION, AND SUSPENSION, REPRIMAND, REMOVAL OR DISCHARGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MAYOR

BODY
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 Tuesday, [ ], 2012 for the purpose of submitting to the qualified electors of Miami-Dade County the proposal for amendment to the Miami-Dade County 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:
CHARTER AMENDMENT ESTABLISHING SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS AS AN ELECTED CHARTER OFFICIAL

SHALL THE CHARTER BE AMENDED TO ESTABLISH THE OFFICE OF SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS AS AN ELECTED CHARTER OFFICIAL WHO HAS MORE INDEPENDENCE THAN THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR AND WHO MAY BE RECALLED BY VOTERS, INSTEAD OF THE MAYOR BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR PERFORMING THE FUNCTIONS OF THE SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS THROUGH AN ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR WHO THE MAYOR APPOINTS, SUBJECT TO DISAPPROVAL BY THE COMMISSION, AND SUSPENSION, REPRIMAND, REMOVAL OR DISCHARGE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE MAYOR?


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.

OTHER
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY HOME RULE CHARTER

ARTICLE - 31
SECTION 3.01. - ELECTION AND COMMENCEMENT OF TERMS OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS>>, THE MAYOR AND SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS<<.
A. 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 at the time of the state primary elections. >>Notwithstanding any provision of Section 2.02 of this Charter, the Supervisor of Elections, who shall head the Office of the Supervisor of Elections, shall be elected, commencing with the countywide election to be held at the same time as the state primary election in 2012 and every four years thereafter.<<
B. A candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast to be elected. [[Effective with the election for County Commission in 2004, if]] >>If< no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast there will be a runoff election at the time of the general election following the state primary election between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes. Should a tie result, the outcome shall be determined by lot.
C. Except as otherwise provided in this Charter, [[beginning with the elections in 2004,]] the terms of office of the Mayor>>, the Supervisor of Elections,<< and County Commissioners shall commence on the second Tuesday next succeeding the date of the general election in November.
D. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Charter, effective with the term of Mayor scheduled to commence in October, 1996, no person shall be elected as Mayor for more than two consecutive four-year terms. Neither service as Mayor or County Commissioner prior to the terms scheduled to commence in October, 1996, nor service of a partial term subsequent to October, 1996, shall be considered in applying the term limitation provisions of this section.
SECTION 3.02. - RESERVED.
SECTION 3.03. - NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS.
All elections for Mayor>>, Supervisor of Elections,<< and the [[other]] members of the Board >>of County Commissioners< shall be nonpartisan and no ballot shall show the party designation of any candidate. No candidate shall be required to pay any party assessment or state the party of which he is a member or the manner in which he voted or will vote in any election.
SECTION 3.04. - QUALIFICATIONS AND FILING FEE.
A. All candidates for the office of Mayor>>, Supervisor of Elections,<< or County Commissioner shall qualify with the Clerk of the Circuit Court no earlier than the 84th day and no later than noon on the 70th day prior to the date of the election at which he is a candidate in the method provided by law or ordinance, and shall pay a filing fee of $300. All filing fees shall be paid into the general funds of the county.
B. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a person who seeks to qualify as a candidate for the office of Mayor>>, Supervisor of Elections,<< or County Commissioner and who meets the petition requirements of this section is not required to pay the filing fee required by this section or any other qualifying fee required by the state (collectively the "Qualifying Fee"). A candidate who seeks to qualify without paying the Qualifying Fee must obtain the number of signatures of voters in the geographical area represented by the office sought equal to at least 1 percent of the total number of registered voters of that geographical area, as shown by the compilation by the Supervisor of Elections for the immediately preceding general election. Signatures may not be obtained until the candidate has filed the appointment of campaign treasurer and designation of campaign depository pursuant to state law. The format of the petition shall be prescribed by the Supervisor of Elections and shall be used by candidates to reproduce petitions for circulation. Each petition must be submitted before noon of the 28th day preceding the first day of the qualifying period for the office sought to the Supervisor of Elections. The Supervisor shall check the signatures on the petitions to verify their status as voters in the geographical area represented by the office sought. No later than the 7th day before the first day of the qualifying period, the Supervisor of Elections shall certify the number of valid signatures. The Supervisor of Elections shall determine whether the required number of signatures has been obtained and shall notify the candidate. If the required number of signatures has been obtained, the candidate shall be eligible to qualify pursuant to this section without paying the Qualifying Fee.

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ARTICLE - 5

ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION AND PROCEDURE

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>>SECTION 5.09. OFFICE OF SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS.

A. Commencing in 2012, there shall be an Office of the Supervisor of Elections headed by a Supervisor of Elections, as provided in the Charter.

B. The Office of the Supervisor of Elections shall carry out the policies of the Board of County Commissioners, and shall perform all of the duties and functions of the supervisor of elections as transferred and assigned by Section 9.01(C) of this Charter and as required by law. Except for budgeting, funding, and emergency management matters, the Supervisor of Elections, as well as persons working under the supervision of the Supervisor of Elections, shall perform their duties independent of and without supervision from the Mayor or the Commission. Notwithstanding any provision herein, the Mayor and Commissioners shall be permitted to communicate and make inquires of the Office of the Supervisor of Elections for the purpose of transmitting constituent inquiries or assisting the Mayor or Commissioners in the exercise of their powers as set forth in this Charter.

C. All other matters necessary or advisable for the functioning of the Office of the Supervisor of Elections shall be established by ordinance of the Board of County Commissioners.<<

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ARTICLE-8

INITIATIVE, REFERENDUM AND RECALL

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SECTION 8.02. RECALL.

Any member of the Board of County Commissioners, the Mayor, the Property Appraiser, [[the Sheriff or Constable]] >>or the Supervisor of Elections<< maybe removed from office by the electors of the county, district, or municipality by which he was chosen. The procedure on a recall petition shall be identical with that for an initiatory or referendary petition, except that:

1. The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall approve the form of the petition.

2. The person or persons circulating the petition must obtain signatures of electors of the county, district, or municipality concerned in numbers at least equal to four percent of the registered voters in the county district or municipality on the day on which the petition is approved, according to the official records of the County Supervisor of Elections.

3. The signed petition shall be filed with and canvassed and certified by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

4. The Board of County Commissioners must provide for a recall election not less than 45 nor more than 90 days after the certification of the petition.

5. The question of recall shall be placed on the ballot in a manner that will give the elector a clear choice for or against the recall. The result shall be determined by a majority vote of the electors voting on the question.

6. If the majority is against recall the officer shall continue in office under the terms of his previous election. If the majority is for recall he shall, regardless of any defect in the recall petition, be deemed removed from office immediately.

7. No recall petition against such an officer shall be certified within one year after he takes office nor within one year after a recall petition against him is defeated.


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ARTICLE-9

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Section 9.01. ABOLITION OF CERTAIN OFFICES AND TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS

A. On May 1, 1958, the following offices are hereby abolished and the powers and functions of such offices are hereby transferred to the Mayor, who shall assume all the duties and functions of these offices required under the Constitution and general laws of this state: County Tax Collector, County Surveyor, County Purchasing Agent, and County Supervisor of Registration. The Mayor may delegate to a suitable person or persons the powers and functions of [[such]] >>the<< offices >>of County Tax Collector, County Surveyor, and County Purchasing Agent. As of November 2012, upon the election of the Supervisor of Elections, the powers and functions of the Office of the County Supervisor of Registration are transferred from the Mayor to the Office of the Supervisor of 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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