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  • The Dish From Ish, November 2018
    Updated On: Nov 06, 2018
    NIZAM "ISH" ISHMAEL, PBA Treasurer

    The General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and all voting Floridians will have the opportunity to decide if Miami-Dade County shall have an elected Sheriff. 

    In Florida, a constitutional amendment requires a 60% supermajority vote at the ballot for approval. 
    By voting YES will require Miami-Dade County to let voters elect someone to all the county offices in the state Constitution – sheriff, property appraiser, tax collector, supervisor of elections and clerk of court. Voters will be allowed to elect someone to those offices every four years. If it passes, elections will be held no later than 2024 and will take effect on January 2, 2025.

    Many have tried to stop this amendment from appearing on the ballot. Miami-Dade, Broward, and Volusia counties have all filed three separate lawsuits to have this removed. Some feel that making an appointment to these positions instead of having them elected works better for all, but we must ask is our system really working well for us?   

    On August 10, 2018, Circuit Judge James Shelfer rejected the challenge, saying that an average Florida voter would easily be able to understand the purpose of the amendment. On August 10, 2018, the counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Volusia filed notices of appeal at the 1st District Court of Appeal, which forwarded the case to the Florida Supreme Court.  On September 7, 2018, the Supreme Court ordered the amendment to appear on the ballot. 

    I know that there are many questions that you may be thinking of…Is Miami-Dade Corrections going to fall under the Sheriff?  Will we have to wear Florida sheriff’s green pants? Will we have to change our badge to a 5-point star badge? Unfortunately, at this time, we have more questions than answers, but we all have to pick a side on Amendment 10.  

    You have no excuse not to vote on this important issue. You can do early voting at the pre-designated locations, you can vote by mail, or you can vote on election day.

    Contact me at ish@dcpba.org or at (305) 593-0044.    

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