Daytona Beach, FL – Volusia County’s effort to get an amendment off your ballot this November falls to defeat in the state’s highest court.
In a 14-page ruling released today (September 7th), the Florida Supreme Court dismissed the concerns of Volusia and two other Florida counties – Miami-Dade and Broward – over the language used to describe Amendment 10.
That amendment is asking voters to require four-year elections in all 67 Florida counties for five specific constitutional offices. Those are sheriff, tax collector, property appraiser, supervisor of elections and clerk of the circuit court.
In addition, Amendment 10 would prevent the ability of “charter” counties – which includes Volusia – to “abolish, transfer duties or change the terms” of those offices, assuming voters pass it during the November 6th general election.
Volusia County has argued that the ballot title and summary of Amendment 10 is misleading to voters, but Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood – who is backing the amendment – says the county’s opposition is really about making sure his office isn’t given more autonomy to run its budget and operations as the sheriff sees fit.
The news broke during Sheriff Chitwood’s monthly appearance on WNDB’s Marc Bernier Show.
The audio below came just after the news broke.
This clip features more discussion and callers on Amendment 10.
So does this one.
Chitwood also mentioned that he will be part of a massive public relations effort next week to get Amendment 10 passed. You can click here for more information.