Amendments Taking on Partisan Slant

The Florida Democratic Party says that it has no position on eleven Constitutional amendments on the ballot. When asked, the Democrats refer people to the League of Women Voters. "We're just urging everyone to vote "NO" on them".

A League staffer was busy handing out leaflets at a “get out the vote” rally. The League has taken the position that the amendments make such fundamental changes in policy, that unless you are a lawyer, you should vote "NO" on all of them.

"They're just not very good for the average citizen. And the ones that kind of are we just don't feel like they should be in the Constitution," said Sarah Taylor with the league.

Republicans on the other hand, have sent out a mailer, telling voters to say "YES" to each of the amendments with one exception. The mailer doesn’t mention amendment 5.

The reason the Republican mailer is silent on five is because the Governor would have to share his power with the Legislature to appoint Supreme Court Justices. And the Governor is, after all, the head of the Republican Party.

Florida Realtors feel caught in the middle. They are pushing a "YES" on four efforts which benefits businesses, homesteaders, and new home buyers, but it takes millions from city and county tax rolls.

"I think the voters of Florida have the ability to study these amendments on their own and learn independently how good or bad each amendment may be. So, it's really upsetting to see that there are those who are advocating "NO" on everything," said John Sebree.

To become part of the Constitution, each amendment needs approval from six out of every ten voters.

None of the amendments originated with citizen petitions all came from the GOP controlled state legislature.


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