Learn About the Proposed Amendments to the State Constitution on the Ballot this November!
With thanks to the League of Women Voters of Florida:
Twelve proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution are on the Nov. 6, 2018, ballot. However, voters face more questions than is apparent. That’s because Florida’s Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), which convenes every 20 years, is allowed by law to bundle more than one issue into each question. This practice, also known as “logrolling,” is prohibited when amendments are placed on the ballot by citizen initiative or by the Florida Legislature. Those amendments must contain just one distinct question.
An example of the CRC’s issue bundling in 2018 is Amendment 9, which asks voters to decide whether to ban offshore oil drilling, and whether to ban e-cigarettes at workplaces. Like the CRC’s other bundled amendments, voters cannot cast separate votes on drilling and vaping. These are all-or-nothing propositions.
Of the 12 amendments on this year’s ballot, seven were proposed by the CRC (an additional amendment —known as “Amendment 8” relating to charter schools—was thrown out by the Florida Supreme Court as too misleading and won’t be on the ballot), three by the Florida Legislature and two by citizen initiative.
To pass, each of them must receive at least 60 percent approval by voters. This is the first time that constitutional amendments proposed by a CRC have faced the 60-percent hurdle, which voters approved in 2006. Before then, amendments just needed a simple majority for approval. Unless otherwise indicated, changes to the Constitution take effect on Jan. 8, 2019.
See this link for summaries and analysis of each amendment and the positions the League’s state board has taken on them
See this link for a condensed version