City of Miami Election

Your secret ballot means it's all yours to decide, but hopefully this local, nonprofit-prepared info help you feel confident in voting! 

On November 7th, 2017 Miami will hold its general election. All city voters will elect a mayor, while voters in District 3 and District 4 will also each elect a city commissioner. Additionally all city voters will be asked to weigh in on five proposals. If one candidate for any of the offices does not receive 50% of the votes + 1 on November 7th, the top two candidates will advance to a run-off election on November 21st. 

Find more info on how to vote and the candidates and proposal below. 

WAYS TO VOTE

There are three ways you can vote in the city of Miami election:

You can find your customized sample ballot by typing in your information on the Supervisor of Election's website here

Early Vote:

City of Miami voters can vote early at one of the seven locations below from Saturday 10/28 through Sunday 11/5 at the following hours:

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Early Vote Locations: 

  • City of Miami: City Hall (3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133) 
  • Hispanic Branch Library: 1398 SW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33135
  • Juan Pablo Duarte Park Community Center: 1776 NW 28th Street, Miami, FL 33142
  • Lemon City Branch Library: 430 NE 61st Street, Miami, FL 33137
  • Shenandoah Branch Library: 2111 SW 19th Street, Miami, FL 33145
  • Stephen P. Clark Government Center: 111 NW 1ST Street, Miami, FL 33128
  • West Flagler Branch Library: 5050 W. Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33134

Vote By Mail:

All voters can request a vote by mail ballot until Wednesday, November 1st at 5:00 pm. You can submit a request by going to the Supervisor of Election's website and entering your voter information and scrolling down to request a vote by mail ballot. 

Vote by mail ballots can be mailed back or dropped off at the Supervisor of Elections office (2700 NW 87 Avenue, Miami). Your ballot must be received by 7 pm on election day. You can track the status of your ballot at the Supervisor of Election's website in the same spot you requested a vote by mail ballot.  

Additional information and questions about early voting may be answered at the Supervisor of Election's vote by mail page

Election Day:

On election day you must vote at your assigned polling location. You can find your polling location by entering your information on the Supervisor of Election's website and scrolling down under "Future Elections." Precincts are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. 

REQUIRED ID

When voting in-person, whether early voting or on Election Day, you must bring a current and valid identification that contains your name, photograph and signature. You can also combine two forms of ID that together have your name, photograph, and signature.

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • Florida Driver's License
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
  • United States Passport
  • Debit or credit card
  • Military identification
  • Student identification
  • Retirement center identification
  • Public assistance identification
  • Neighborhood Association identification
  • Florida concealed-weapon licenses
  • Veteran Health Identification Cards issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Government issued employee identification

ON THE BALLOT

All Miami voters will vote for mayor. Voters in District 3 and District 4 will each vote for a city commissioner. You can see if you are in District 3 or District 4 here. Additionally voters will be asked to weigh in on five proposals. 

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Proposals

Authorizing General Obligation Bonds for Capital Projects in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $400,000,000.00  

  • Shall the City issue General Obligation Bonds in an aggregate principal amount not exceeding $400,000,000.00 with interest payable at or below the maximum rate allowed by law, payable from ad valorem taxes levied on all taxable property in the City, provided that the capital projects debt millage not exceed the current rate of 0.5935, to:  
    • Reduce Flooding Risks; Improve Stormwater Infrastructure;
    • Improve Affordable Housing, Economic Development, Parks, Cultural Facilities, Streets, and Infrastructure;
    • Enhance Public Safety?
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Proposed Charter Amendment allowing Aligned Bayshore (Monty’s) a Lease extension providing additional rent and investments  

  • Shall Miami’s Charter be amended to extend Aligned Bayshore Marina, LLC’s (“Monty’s”) Lease, requiring Commission to waive competitive bidding, under these terms:
    • 32-year lease extension plus two 10-year options;
    • Monty’s to pay the City $10,000,000.00 in additional rent or an additional 1.75% of gross revenues, whichever is greater, but no less than $1,500,000.00 per year beginning in 2019; and
    • Monty’s contributes $7,500,000.00 in property improvements and a minimum of $4,000,000.00 for future improvements?
      • A yes vote would extend Monty's lease in Coconut Grove without opening the process to other bidders in exchange for additional rent and property improvement commitments 

Charter Amendment to Include the Office of Independent Auditor General (“OIAG”) as an Unclassified Service

  • Shall Section 36 of the City of Miami Charter be amended to include the Office of Independent Auditor General (“OIAG”) as an unclassified service?  This amendment ensures that the OIAG will continue to be free from interference or undue influence by City administration in the selection, appointment, and employment of OIAG staff.  The amendment allows the OIAG to continue to form independent and objective opinions and conclusions in their audit and investigative work. 
    • A yes vote will give the Office of the Independent Auditor more independence when overseeing the city financials 

Charter Amendment providing Independent Auditor General (“IAG”) exclusive supervisory authority over Office of IAG employees

  • Shall Section 48 of the Charter be amended to provide the Independent Auditor General (“IAG”) exclusive supervisory authority over employees of the Office of IAG (“OIAG”)?  This amendment ensures that the OIAG will continue to be free from interference or undue influence by City administration in the selection, appointment, and employment of OIAG staff.  The amendment allows the OIAG to continue to form independent and objective opinions and conclusions in their audit and investigative work. 
    • A yes vote would allow the Office of the Independent Auditor authority over its employees (including hiring and firing) to prevent possible interference from other city staff 

Charter Amendment to Fill Vacancy in Elected Office for the Remainder of an Unexpired Term

  • Shall Section 12 of the City of Miami Charter be amended to provide that a candidate elected in a special election for the purpose of filling a vacancy in the Office of Mayor or City Commission shall serve for the remainder of that unexpired term, effective November 7, 2017, and allow elected officials who are absolved from allegations of misconduct to immediately resume their position for the remainder of the unexpired term? 
    • A yes vote would allow someone elected to a vacant position in a special election to serve the remainder of the term. However if an elected official removed from office because of accusations of misconduct is found not guilty then they resume their position immediately and if someone has been elected to fill the vacancy they must step aside. 

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