Florida Amendments: What Passed and What They Mean For You


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By Giselle Balido

November 3, 2020

Here are the amendments that were passed by Florida voters.

This is how Floridians voted on the the six proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot.

Amendment 1: Citizenship Requirement To Vote in Florida Elections 

PASSED 79% TO 21% What it means: Every citizen of the United States (who meets all other legal requirements) can vote in an election, according to the Constitution. This amendment, which replaces “every citizen” with “only a citizen,” even though noncitizens are already prohibited from voting under Florida law, was passed by Florida.  This issue got some traction among Trump  supporters after the president sounded an unfounded alarm about undocumented immigrants “stealing” the election.

Amendment 2: Raising Florida’s Minimum Wage

PASSED 79% TO 21% What it means: As proposed, Amendment 2 will raise Florida’s $8.56 per hour minimum wage to $10 per hour effective Sept. 30, 2021. The wage would increase by $1 per year until it reaches $15 per hour in 2026. After that date, it would be adjusted annually for inflation.

Amendment 3: All Can Vote in Primary Elections for State Legislature, Governor, and Cabinet

PASSED 61% to 39% What it means: Proposed by All Voters Vote and passed by Floridians, this means that all candidates running for office will appear on the same primary ballot and the two highest vote-getters, regardless of party, will move on to the general election, which could result in two Democrats or two Republicans being pitted against each other in the general election.

Amendment 5: Limitation on Homestead Assessments

PASSED 74% TO 26% What it means: Floridians who move from one homesteaded property to another have two years from Jan. 1 of the year of the sale of the first home to claim the tax benefit.

Proposed by The Florida Legislature, and passed by Florida voters, Amendment 5 will increase the time one has to transfer one’s “Save Our Homes” benefit from two to three years when moving to a new house.

Amendment 6: Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities

PASSED 90% to 10% What it means: As proposed by the Florida Legislature, the homestead property tax discounts for deceased veterans with combat-related disabilities will carry over to a veteran’s surviving spouse until he or she remarries or sells the property. If the spouse sells the property and does not remarry, the spouse’s new primary residence may receive the homestead tax discount.

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