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Pembroke Pines CITY CONNECT Vote! Broward County has one of the largest voter populations in Florida, with 1.7 million residents and over one million registered voters. Next month, on November 6, 2012, the United States presidential election will take place. To ensure the voting process goes smoothly, voters are reminded that Florida law requires voters to present a picture ID with a signature. Acceptable forms of ID are a Florida Driver’s License, Florida ID Card, US Passport, Military or Student ID, Public Assistance ID, Neighborhood association identification and Debit/Credit Card. IDs must have current signature. Any combination of picture and signature is accepted. According to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office, voters can take with them a marked sample ballot or other Oct/Nov 2012 Volume 2, Issue 1 City Ballot Questions helpful information into the polling place so that they may remember their choices. Voters are also encouraged to confirm their voting polling place by checking their voter information card or by going to the Office’s website and clicking on precinct finder. If the voter has moved, they are required to vote in their new home precinct. If a voter has requested an absentee ballot and later decides to vote at the polling place instead, they may bring the absentee ballot with them to be cancelled at their polling place and receive a new ballot to vote at the polls. For more voting information, go to or call 954-357-7050. In Pembroke Pines, voters will also be deciding Charter Change questions on the November 6, 2012 ballot. The Pembroke Pines City Commission, by adoption of ordinances, voted to place the following proposed Charter Changes on the November 6, 2012 ballot. Changes to the City’s Charter can only be decided by a majority of the registered voters of the City of Pembroke Pines. The ordinances in their entirety are available from the City Clerk at or by calling 954-435-6501. The ballot questions are as follows: PROCEDURE FOR FILLING VACANCIES ON THE CITY COMMISSION The City Charter currently only allows the City Commission to appoint an interim Commissioner in the event of a vacancy in certain instances. Should the Charter be amended to provide that all vacancies on the Commission may be filled by appointment for a period not to exceed six months, and that a special election shall occur if there is not an election already scheduled within six months from the vacancy? This proposed Charter amendment will have no financial impact to the City. YES 1 NO 1 ANNUAL REVIEW OF CHARTER OFFICERS The City Charter currently does not expressly provide for an annual review of Charter officers (the City Manager, City Attorney, Finance Director and Commission Auditor). Should the Charter be amended to require the City Commission to adopt an ordinance establishing a process to provide for the annual written performance review of such Charter officers? This proposed Charter amendment will have no financial impact to the City YES 1 NO 1 Continued on page 3 Pembroke Pines City Commission From left to right: Angelo Castillo (District 4), Jay Schwartz (District 2), Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Iris A. Siple (District 3), Carl Shechter (Vice Mayor – District 1) Mayor Frank C. Ortis 954-435-6505 ……. Commissioners: Carl Shechter, Vice Mayor 954-436-3266 ...... Angelo Castillo 954-436-3266 ………. Jay Schwartz 954-436-3266 .....….. Iris A. Siple 954-436-3266 ..............… City Manager: Charles F. Dodge 954-431-4884 ….......….

City Connect October November 2012 Volume 2 Issue 1

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