Election Day is November 6th

Early Voting Begins October 22nd

We've got a role to play as young Floridians this coming election day. We fill Florida's classrooms and campuses, our families fill Florida's workforce. The future of this state is in our hands.

Let's take it and make it work for us all.

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What To Take With You

✓ Photo ID with signature

Whether during early voting or on Election Day, you will be asked to provide at the polls a valid photo ID with signature. Any one of the following photo IDs will be accepted:

  1. Florida driver’s license
  2. Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  3. United States passport
  4. Debit or credit card
  5. Military identification
  6. Student identification
  7. Retirement center identification
  8. Neighborhood association identification
  9. Public assistance identification
  10. Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs
  11. License to carry a concealed weapon or firearms
  12. Employee identification card issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a county, or a municipality.

The Amendments

Amendment 1: Vote NO

What Is It?

Amendment 1 creates a small property tax break for some owners of more expensive homes. It will also likely create higher tax rates for all (including everyday working Floridians) or big cuts to local programs that serve our communities' needs.

Why Vote No?

If passed, this type of tax cut will decrease revenues, thus leading to a cut in services that are vital to serving our community. Amendment 1 would also make property tax a constitutional matter and thus very difficult to change in the future.

Amendment 2: Vote NO

What Is It?

Amendment 2 makes permanent what currently is a temporary cap of 10% on annual property value increases for vacation homes, apartments, and commercial property, effectively limiting increases on tax bills.

Why Vote No?

If passed, Amendments 1 and 2 are meant to benefit the extremely wealthy at the expense of everybody else.

Amendment 3: Vote YES

What Is It?

Amendment 3 requires voter approval of casino gambling, thus preventing elected officials from making those gambling decisions by passing laws.

Why Vote Yes?

If passed, Florida voters would have a say in the state's gambling industry. Development of the industry would freeze until Floridians give the go-ahead.

Amendment 4: Vote YES!

What Is It?

Amendment 4 restores the right to vote for Floridians with prior felony convictions.

Why Vote Yes Enthusiastically?

This is one of the most important amendments on the ballot! If passed, Amendment 4 would allow 1.4 million people to be able to vote again, repealing a Jim Crow-era law meant to keep Black people from building political power.

Amendment 5: Vote NO

What Is It?

Amendment 5 requires a nearly impossible 2/3 legislative vote to end tax breaks to big corporations or for the state to pay for improving schools or emergency responses to weather, environmental crises or other vital programs.

Why Vote No?

If passed, this would make it more difficult to change tax laws and would handcuff the government's hands when it comes to making decisions in times of crisis. Big corporations must pay their share.

Amendment 6: Vote NO

What Is It?

Amendment 6, also known as "Marsy's Law," removes constitutional protections for those accused of crimes and expands already existing protections for victims. It redefines "victim" in ways that will compromise the privacy of the victim who was injured, especially in domestic abuse and sexual assault cases. It also allows for corporations/businesses to be considered victims.

Why Vote No?

"Marsy's Law" is being bankrolled by a Californian millionaire who's pushing this "victim's bill of rights" into states' constitutions across the country. In Florida, the amendment is supported by Senator Lauren Brook, whose dad is a lobbyist with GEO Group, the largest private prison and immigrant detention company in the country. Lauren has taken tens of thousands in contributions from this company.

Amendment 7: Vote NO

What Is It?

Amendment 7 requires universities' governing bodies to get supermajority approval from their members to increase or impose new student fees. It also adds the death benefits for first responders and military members, and the state college system structure to the Constitution, rather than keeping these as state law.

Why Vote No?

Supermajorities make it really hard in this polarized climate to make anything change. We also aren't a fan of Florida's college structure being cemented into the state constitution. Family members of the military who die in line of service are already compensated by the government and adding this to the military could increase taxes.

Amendment 9: Vote YES

What Is It?

Amendment 9 protects Florida's coasts by banning oil and gas drilling off Florida's coast. It also bans vaping in enclosed indoor workspaces.

Why Vote Yes?

If passed, this would help protect Florida's coast and our oceans.

Amendment 10: Vote NO

What Is It?

Amendment 10 creates an Office of Domestic Security and Counter-terrorism within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It also mandates the existence of a State Department of Veterans Affairs (even though the constitution already authorizes the Legislature to do so), and forces every county to elect a sheriff.

Why Vote No?

If passed, this gives police more power and forces all counties to elect and never abolish certain offices such as sheriff's office, county appraiser, etc.

Amendment 11: Vote YES

What Is It?

Amendment 11 repeals the following: a prohibition against non-residents owning, buying, and selling property; a requirement for a high-speed ground transportation system, and a provision that requires the state to prosecute criminal suspects under the law they were originally charged under, even if the law has changed.

Why Vote Yes?

If passed, citizens would be prosecuted under the most current laws on the books rather than earlier laws, i.e. marijuana laws.

Amendment 12: Vote YES

What Is It?

Amendment 12 increases the amount of time that elected officials and government employees can wait before they can lobby the government from two to six years.

Why Vote Yes?

Politicians get paid to influence political decisions after they have left office. If passed, this would make it harder for them to use money to influence their former colleagues for private interest.

Amendment 13: Vote YES

What Is It?

Phases out commercial greyhound racing by 2020.

Why Vote Yes?

If passed, this would phase out greyhound racing in the state of Florida and prevent the abuse of Greyhound dogs.

The Candidates

Florida Governor

THE GOVERNOR IS THE HEAD OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH AND THE HIGHEST STATE OFFICE IN FLORIDA. THEY HOLD THE HIGHEST EXECUTIVE POWER, SERVE AS COMMANDER OF ALL MILITARY FORCES OF THE STATE, AND SERVE AS THE CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PLANNING AND BUDGETING FOR THE STATE. OUR NEXT GOVERNOR WILL HAVE THE POWER TO APPOINT THREE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT JUDGES. THE FLORIDA GOVERNOR ALSO SITS ON THE FLORIDA CLEMENCY BOARD.

Andrew Gillum Democrat
Andrew Demese Gillum has served as Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida since 2014. He previously served on the Tallahassee City Commission from 2003 to 2014; first elected at age 23, he was the city's youngest commissioner. He is an alumni of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Ron Desantis Republican
Ronald Dion DeSantis is an American politician and a former U.S. Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district. After graduating from Yale University and Harvard Law School, DeSanis served as an attorney and as a JAG prosecutor in the Navy. He is backed by the gun lobby and private prisons.
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Gillum (D) Desantis(R)
Issue Gillum (D) Desantis(R)
Do you support "Banning the Box" and asking about former incarceration status on employment forms? Yes No response
Do you support banning employment discrimination against LGBTQ individuals? Yes No
Do you support raising the minimum wage? Yes No response
Do you support reforming the cash bail system? Yes No response
Do you support criminal justice reform aimed at reducing the number of incarcerated individuals in Florida? Yes No
Do you support teacher raises? Yes No
Do you support increasing funding for K-12 schools? Yes No response
Do you support efforts to advance a clean energy agenda and combat the effects of man-made climate change? Yes No
Do you support common-sense gun violence prevention measures, including the repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws? Yes No
Do you support efforts to restore voting rights to disenfranchised Floridians? Yes No
Do you support issuing driver licenses for applicants over the age of 16? Yes No response
Do you support abolishing ICE? Yes No
Do you support a woman's right to quality, affordable healthcare, which includes access to comprehensive contraception and abortion-related care? Yes No
Attorney General

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL IS A MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA CABINET AND SERVES AS THE HIGHEST LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE STATE. THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF STATE CONSUMER PROTECTION AND ANTITRUST LAWS; REPRESENT THE STATE IN APPEALS, INCLUDING DEATH PENALTY CASES; ISSUE FORMAL LEGAL OPINIONS AT THE REQUEST OF PUBLIC OFFICIALS RELATING TO THE APPLICATION OF STATE LAW; AND DEFEND THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF LAWS ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE. THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ALSO SITS ON THE FLORIDA CLEMENCY BOARD.

Sean Shaw Democrat
Sean Shaw is a lawyer and former insurance consumer advocate who currently represents Florida House of Representatives District 61.
Ashley Moody Republican
Ashley Moody is a former federal prosecutor and became Florida's youngest judge at the age of 31.
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Shaw (D) Moody (R)
Issue Shaw (D) Moody (R)
Do you support common-sense gun violence prevention measures, including the repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws? Yes No (has an A rating from the NRA).
Do you support the Affordable Care Act? Yes No, trying to get Obamacare declared unconstitutional.
Do you support Amendment 4 to restore voting rights for Floridians with felony convictions? Yes No
Do you oppose private prisons? Yes No
Agriculture Commissioner

THE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER IS A MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA CABINET AND OVERSEES THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES (FDACS), THE STATE AGENCY THAT REGULATES AND PROMOTES THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY. THE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER ALSO SITS ON THE FLORIDA CLEMENCY BOARD.

Nikki Fried Democrat
Nicole "Nikki" Fried is a Miami-born and raised former public defender, private attorney and activist.
Matt Caldwell Republican
Matthew H. "Matt" Caldwell is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing the 79th District and previously represented the 73rd District from 2010 to 2012.
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Fried (D) Caldwell (R)
Issue Fried (D) Caldwell (R)
Do you support expanding medical marijuana? Yes Yes
Do you support banning offshore drilling? Yes No
Do you support common-sense gun violence prevention measures? Yes No, endorsed by the NRA.
Have you taken money from the big sugar industry, whose polluted runoff has contributed to the water crisis in Lake Okochobee? No Yes
Chief Financial Officer

THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER IS A MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA CABINET AND OVERSEES THE DEPARTMENT OF FINANCIAL SERVICES. THEY PROVIDE ACCOUNTING, AUDITING, AND PAYROLL SERVICES TO THE STATE, MANAGE THE STATE'S FINANCES, AND OVERSEE RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS. THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER ALSO SITS ON THE FLORIDA CLEMENCY BOARD.

Jeremy Ring Democrat
Jeremy Ring is a former Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing District 29 from 2006 to 2016.
Jimmy Patronis Republican
Jimmy Patronis is the current CFO and was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott last year. He is also a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 6 from 2006 to 2014. He has received an "A" rating from the NRA.
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Ring (D) Patronis (R)
Issue Ring (D) Patronis (R)
Do you support Amendment 4 to restore voting rights for Floridians with felony convictions? Yes No response
Endorsed by Service Employees International Union

AFL-CIO

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Florida Education Association

International Association of Firefighters
Marco Rubio

Fraternal Order of Police

Associated Industries of Florida

Florida Police Chief's Association
Senator

Senators serve as one of two Florida legislators in the U.S. Senate. They make laws, vote on presidential appointments, and approve treaties with other countries.

Bill Nelson Democrat
Clarence William Nelson II is the senior U.S. Senator from Florida. He was first elected to the Senate in 2000.
Rick Scott Republican
Richard Lynn Scott is a former CEO and has been serving as the Governor of Florida since 2011. He has received more than $100k from private prisons.
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Nelson (D) Scott (R)
Issue Nelson (D) Scott (R)
Do you support banning employment discrimination against LGBTQ individuals? Yes No response
Do you support raising the minimum wage? Yes No
Do you support criminal justice reform aimed at reducing the number of incarcerated individuals in Florida? Yes No response
Do you support increasing funding for K-12 schools? Yes Yes
Do you support efforts to advance a clean energy agenda and combat the effects of man-made climate change? Yes No
Do you support a woman's right to quality, affordable healthcare, which includes access to comprehensive contraception and abortion-related care? Yes No
U.S. House of Representatives, District FL-07

The House is composed of Representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled to one representative. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which, after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the President for consideration.

Charlie Crist Democrat
George Buck Republican
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Crist (D) Buck (R)
Issue Crist (D) Buck (R)
Do you support common-sense gun violence prevention measures, such as the repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws? Yes No
Do you support the Affordable Care Act? Yes No
Do you support issuing driver licenses for applicants over the age of 16? Yes No response
Do you support a woman's right to quality, affordable healthcare, which includes access to comprehensive contraception and abortion-related care? Yes No
U.S. House of Representatives, District FL-15

The House is composed of Representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled to one representative. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which, after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the President for consideration.

Kristen Carlson Democrat
Ross Spano Republican
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Carlson (D) Spano (R)
Issue Carlson (D) Spano (R)
Do you support common-sense gun violence prevention measures, such as the repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws? Yes No (has an A+ rating from the NRA).
Do you support the Affordable Care Act? Yes No
Do you support a woman's right to quality, affordable healthcare, which includes access to comprehensive contraception and abortion-related care? Yes No
Do you oppose private prisons? Yes No (has taken thousands in contributions from GEO Group).
U.S. House of Representatives, District FL-18

The House is composed of Representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled to one representative. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which, after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the President for consideration.

Lauren Baer Democrat
Brian Mast Republican
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Baer (D) Mast (R)
Issue Baer (D) Mast (R)
Do you support common-sense gun violence prevention measures, such as the repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws? Yes After Parkland, Yes. Took thousands from the NRA prior.
Do you support the Affordable Care Act? Yes No
Do you support a woman's right to quality, affordable healthcare, which includes access to comprehensive contraception and abortion-related care? Yes No
Do you support raising the minimum wage? Yes No
U.S. House of Representatives, District FL-23

The House is composed of Representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled to one representative. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which, after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the President for consideration.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democrat
Joe Kaufman Republican
Tim Canova Independent
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Schultz (D) Kaufman (R) Canova (I)
Issue Schultz (D) Kaufman (R) Canova (I)
Do you support free tuition at public universities and colleges? No No Yes
Do you support Medicare for All? No (supports ACA) No Yes
Do you support a $15 minimum wage? Yes No Yes
Do you support a woman's right to quality, affordable healthcare, which includes access to comprehensive contraception and abortion related care? Yes No Yes
U.S. House of Representatives, District FL-25

The House is composed of Representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled to one representative. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which, after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the President for consideration.

Mary Barzee Flores Democrat
Mario Diaz-Balart Republican
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Flores (D) Diaz-Balart (R)
Issue Flores (D) Diaz-Balart (R)
Do you support common-sense gun violence prevention measures, such as the repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws? Yes No (has received tens of thousands from the NRA).
Do you support the Affordable Care Act? Yes No
Do you support raising the minimum wage? Yes No response
Do you support a woman's right to quality, affordable healthcare, which includes access to comprehensive contraception and abortion-related care? Yes No
U.S. House of Representatives, District FL-26

The House is composed of Representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled to one representative. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which, after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the President for consideration.

Debbi Mucarsel-Powell Democrat
Carlos Curbelo Republican
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Mucarsel-Powell (D) Curbelo (R)
Issue Mucarsel-Powell (D) Curbelo (R)
Do you support common-sense gun violence prevention measures, such as the repeal of "Stand Your Ground" laws? Yes Yes
Do you support the Affordable Care Act? Yes No
Do you support a woman's right to quality, affordable healthcare, which includes access to comprehensive contraception and abortion-related care? Yes No
Do you oppose private prisons? Yes No (has taken thousands in contributions from GEO Group).
U.S. House of Representatives, District FL-23

The House is composed of Representatives who sit in congressional districts that are allocated to each of the 50 states on a basis of population as measured by the U.S. Census, with each district entitled to one representative. The House is charged with the passage of federal legislation, known as bills, which, after concurrence by the Senate, are sent to the President for consideration.

Donna Shalala Democrat
Maria Elvira Salazar Republican
Mayra Joli Independent
Where Do They Stand?
Issue Shalala (D) Salazar (R) Joli (I)
Issue Shalala (D) Salazar (R) Joli (I)
Do you support free tuition at public universities and colleges? No No Yes
Do you support the Affordable Care Act? Yes No No
Do you support raising the minimum wage? No No response. Yes
Do you support a woman's right to quality, affordable healthcare, which includes access to comprehensive contraception and abortion related care? Yes Yes No

“Dream Killers”

These Democrats don't share our values. They chose money, corporations and politics over people. If they don't get it together, we're coming for their seats in 2020.

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Lauren Book

Florida Senate, 32nd District

Lauren Book, the daughter of slimy lobbyist Ronald Book, takes thousands from the GEO Group, the second largest prison company in the world. She is the poster child for Marsy's Law, a corprorate authored ballot amendment seeking to give big business more (human) power in our legal system and lock more people up. She is considered by political circles to be a "rising star" in the Democratic Party.

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Stephanie Murphy

U.S. House of Representatives, District 7

Stephanie Murphy is an immigrant and "Democrat" that votes with Donald Trump 50% of the time, making her a top Democratic supporter of Donald Trump's agenda. In July, at the height of the conversation regarding Trump's family separation policy, Murphy voted (alongside Trump) for a bill expressing support of ICE and against calls for its abolition. She also voted in support of Kate's Law, a Republican anti-immigration bill attacking sanctuary cities.

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Donna Shalala

Running in District 27

Donna Shalala is the quintessential "DINO:" Democrat in Name Only. She has contributed $21,500 to Florida Republicans running for state, local and federal offices over the past decade, including GOP and frequent movement-opponent Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen. As president of the University of Miami, she was nicknamed "Donna Walmarta" for selling a parcel of environmentally sensitive University of Miami land to developers who plan to build a Walmart. While President, she blocked calls for raises by janitors at every turn, forcing them into a hunger strike that left many hospitalized. She also served time in the Clinton administration where the Washington Post labeled her "one of the most controversial Clinton Cabinet nominees."

Signed The Freedom Pledge

These politicians signed our Freedom Pledge and made a commitment to not take money from the private prison industry or the NRA. They also committed to prioritizing education, housing, jobs and healthcare over prisons and police. Help us keep them accountable.

About Us

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