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Mayor Christine Hunschofsky
Mayor Christine Hunschofsky

From Mayor Christine Hunschofsky:

This time of year elections are all over the news and the airwaves. While the national elections get so much attention, there are many other elections and charter and constitutional amendments on the ballot this year that deserve your close attention.

In our City of Parkland, four seats are on the ballot – the Mayor’s seat and Commissioner’s seats for Districts 1, 2, and 4. While City Commissioners must live in the district they represent, every registered voter in the City of Parkland votes in every race regardless of which district they live in. So please do your research and remember you will have the opportunity to vote for all four seats up in the city election.

Some of the other seats that are also on the ballot include school board, judges, state attorney, supervisor of election, state representative, state senator, and U.S. Congress.

Additionally, there are six state constitutional amendments on the ballot. Amendment 1 adds language to the state Constitution that only U.S. citizens can vote in federal, state, local, or school elections. Amendment 2 raises Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2026. Amendment 3 establishes a universal, open primary system for state office primary elections. Amendment 4 requires voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election. Amendment 5 increases the transfer period for “Save Our Homes” benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years. Amendment 6 allows a deceased veteran’s homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse. It is important to read all the ballot initiative language carefully since it can be misleading sometimes. Also, please do your research to learn the implications of a yes or a no vote on any of these items.

Broward County also has two questions on the ballot. The first deals with enabling the County to continue to act as the manager and auditor of all county funds instead of requiring those duties to be transferred to the Clerk of Courts in 2025. The second is a charter amendment, which would allow the County to develop/build surtax-funded transportation system improvements (such as a Park and Ride) on County-owned or leased property without city input even if it conflicts with municipal ordinances.

Vote-By-Mail ballots will be sent out around September 24. If you would like to request a Vote-By-Mail ballot, please visit www.browardsoe.org. Vote-By-Mail ballots can be tracked online so you can verify when they are mailed out and when they are received and counted. October 5 is the last day to register to vote for the November 3 election. Early voting takes place from October 19 through November 1 from 7 am-7 pm. Broward County registered voters may vote at any Broward County early voting location. On Election Day, you must vote at your precinct. Visit www.browardsoe.org for early voting locations or to find your precinct for Election Day. Please do your homework and make a plan to vote either by mail, during early voting, or on Election Day.

As always, please reach out to me at chunschofsky@cityofparkland.org with any questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.

Christine Hunschofsky

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