Warning: Long Ballot, Long Lines

It’s not the most compelling writing, but these 11 ballot questions could drastically change the Florida Constitution.

The language is technical, the font is small, and in total, the amendments take up three pages on the ballot.

It took me 14 minutes and 10 seconds to read them all. Now imagine everyone trying to read them in the voting booth on Election Day. The lines could be enormous.

That’s why Chris Cate with the Division of Elections says start researching now. “Definitely read the sample ballot before you get to the polling place it’s really going to help you know what you are getting into before you vote.”

Cate is also encouraging people to vote early or request an absentee ballot.

“Come down to our office and vote. We are ready,” said Election Supervisor Ion Sancho.

Some elections supervisors are taking it a step further.

“Instead of waiting for early voting to begin on October 27th, people are coming here to the office. They are requesting absentee ballots here. They are voting them here in the privacy booths we’ve set up,” said Sancho.

This is the first election in Florida where there has been an organized effort for in-person absentee voting. It comes as early voting is cut from two weeks to one.

Nearly two million Floridians have requested absentee ballots, 147-thousand absentees have already been returned. To study up on the constitutional amendments, click on the link below and click on the amendment link at the bottom of the screen.


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