Excerpt from 1885 Florida Constitution. Photo edited and used with permission. Credit: State Archives of Florida.
Florida voters could face a whopping list of 12 different proposed Amendments to Florida’s Constitution at the polls Nov. 6 (though the Florida Supreme Court still must decide whether Amendments 7, 9 and 11 will go on the midterm ballot).
To make things more challenging: Some of these Amendments “bundle” several different topics into one ballot measure, possibly forcing voters to say “yes” on something they don’t like to approve something they want, or say “no” on something they like to oppose something they do not.
It’s confusing, and the Florida Phoenix has laid out what each Amendment would change, add or delete from the state Constitution to better prepare people heading to the polls.
One word of advice: When you mark your ballot, do not skip an Amendment. Vote yes or no, do not leave it blank. Since all Amendments require 60 percent approval to pass, leaving it blank can skew the results.
This is a short list of all the Amendments, with links to our explanations of them.
Amendment 1: INCREASED HOMESTEAD PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION
Amendment 2: LIMITATIONS ON PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS
Amendment 3: VOTER APPROVAL OF CASINO GAMBLING
Amendment 4: VOTING RESTORATION AMENDMENT
Amendment 10: STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT STRUCTURE AND OPERATION
Amendment 12: LOBBYING AND ABUSE OF OFFICE BY PUBLIC OFFICERS
Amendment 13: ENDS DOG RACING
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