Florida Voters Rejected Most Constitutional Amendments
Voters in Florida rejected most of the constitutional amendments on their ballots Tuesday. The historically long ballot was part of the blame for the long lines at polling places. However, eight of the 11 proposals didn’t meet the 60 percent votes needed to pass. Those dealt with abortion, tax caps for local governments and a moot attempt to reject the federal healthcare law.
“They were essentially sending a message to the Florida Legislature that they want amendments to be clearly written and to be presented in such a way that they are easy to understand and cast an informed vote on.” said League of Women Voters Executive Director, Jessica Lowe-Minor.
Even though groups like the League urged the rejection of all amendments, voters did approve three w
hich gives property tax breaks for military veterans, first responders and low-income seniors.
Voters approved Amendment 2, 9, and 11. Amendment 2 allows combat disabled veterans to be eligible for additional homestead exemption, 9 would provide a break to the spouses of deceased veterans and emergency responders and 11 gives low-income seniors an additional homestead tax break.