August 2016

Greetings

Broward County's Primary Election Day is Tuesday, August 30th, and I wanted to bring you a Special Election Day Message to make sure everyone is prepared to cast their ballot.

Early Voting

Twenty Early Voting Sites are open across Broward County through Sunday, August 28th. Early Voting allows any voter, who is registered in Broward County, to go to any of the 20 sites across the County to cast their ballot. If you are registered to vote, but you have any concern that your polling place may have changed, or if you feel like you might not be able to get to the polling place for your precinct on Election Day, Tuesday August 30th, then you should make sure to take advantage of the Early Voting

Early Voting Schedule

One of the Early Voting sites happens to be the Hollywood Branch Library, which is where our district office is located. The Supervisor of Elections has cordoned off one entrance to the building, which leads directly into a large community room. In there, voters only need to bring a photo ID with their signature, and the staff will print out your ballot, which is based on the precinct that you live and your party affiliation.

Hollywood Branch Library early voting location

When voting early or voting at a polling place, Florida law requires voters to present a picture ID with signature. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • Florida driver's license (quickest ID to process)

  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (quickest ID to process)

  • United States passport

  • Debit or credit card

  • Military identification

  • Student identification

  • Retirement center identification

  • Neighborhood Association identification

  • Public Assistance identification

ID required and checked at the polls is used solely to confirm the voter's identity, not to verify the voter's ID number or address. The photograph on the ID is compared to the person standing before the Election Day Worker and the signature on the ID is compared to the signature on record.

If the voter's picture ID does not contain a signature, an additional document with signature may be used.

What Will Be On the Ballot?

By this point you should have received your sample ballot in the mail. If you haven't received your sample ballot, or you would like to check it once again, you can visit http://www.browardsoe.org/Voter-Information/Sample-Ballot

In General, this Primary Election allows voters registered in a specific party to select their nominees for State and Local Office. This ballot will also have elections open to all voters to elect members of the Broward County School Board, and to elect Judges to the County Court and the Circuit Court. There is also one Amendment on this ballot.

Amendment 4

Solar Panels

One item on this Primary Ballot is a Solar Energy amendment, which is the last item on most ballots, labeled Amendment 4. It reads -

NO. 4 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ARTICLE VII, SECTIONS 3 AND 4 ARTICLE XII, SECTION 34 (LEGISLATIVE) Solar Devices or Renewable Energy Source Devices; Exemption From Certain Taxation and Assessment Proposing an amendment to the State Constitution to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to exempt from ad valorem taxation the assessed value of solar or renewable energy source devices subject to tangible personal property tax, and to authorize the Legislature, by general law, to prohibit consideration of such devices in assessing the value of real property for ad valorem taxation purposes. This amendment takes effect January 1, 2018, and expires on December 31, 2037.

This amendment, if passed, will allow property owners in Florida to install solar panels without those panels counting towards the property's assessed value (for taxing purposes.)

I cannot advocate that you vote for or against this Amendment here, but I would encourage everyone to make sure that they do not miss this item at the end of their ballot.

Redistricting of the Congressional and State Senate Maps

Our office has gotten several calls from constituents over the last few weeks concerning the new district boundaries for the Florida State Senate and the US House of Representatives.

As you may remember, in 2010 the voters of Florida passed two Fair District Amendments. Between 2010 and 2012, the State Legislature used the 2010 Census Data to draw new maps. Last year, the League of Women Voters sued the State of Florida, alleging that the 2012 State Senate map and the 2012 US Congressional map did not meet the constitutional standards of the Fair District Amendments. In December of 2015, the Florida State Supreme Court decided in favor of the League of Women Voters, and selected new district boundaries that would meet the Constitutional Standards for Fair Districts.

More importantly, this means many of us were drawn into new districts. If you would like to see the new district boundaries for the Florida State Senate or the US Congress, please visit the Interactive Map features at -
https://www.flsenate.gov/session/redistricting

sample of interactive map

This is the Broward County section of the new US Congressional District Map - note several neighborhoods in Hollywood have now been drawn into CD 24, which were previously in CD 23 - Link http://maps.flsenate.gov/de1/map.html?plan=sc14_1905

sampe of street map

The Interactive Map feature will allow you to zoom into the street level to better clarify the new boundaries

sample of florida state senate map

This is the Broward County section of the new Florida State Senate Map - note the entire city of Hollywood and Hallandale Beach now fall in the boundaries of Senate District 34, which runs north to Deerfield Beach - Link http://maps.flsenate.gov/de1/map.html?plan=2012ca2842

Election Information for the Rest of the Year

If for any reason you or someone you know did not register or re-register to vote at least 29 days before the election, then you can still register to vote for the November General Election. That election will be Tuesday, November 8th.

You can find out more information regarding voter registration at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Website -  http://www.browardsoe.org/Frequently-Asked-Questions/Voter-Registration-FAQ

Contact Us

Broward County Commissioner Beam Furr

Our district office is conveniently located in the lobby of the Hollywood Branch of the Broward County Public Library at 2600 Hollywood Blvd, next to Hollywood City Hall. This office is open for your convenience Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. If you would like to schedule an appointment, or you have a great idea, suggestion or an issue that needs my attention, feel free to call me at 954-357-7006/7790 or send me an email at bfurr@broward.org.

 


County Commissioner Beam Furr District 6
Broward County Commission | 115 S. Andrews Ave. Room 412 | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Email - BFurr@Broward.org | Website - Broward.org | Phone: 954-357-7006