Florida Amendments create confusion and frustration

3:26 PM, Oct 26, 2012   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida - You are not alone if you've seen the 11 proposed constitutional amendments on Florida's lengthy election ballot and don't understand what they do.

Calls are pouring in at the League of Women Voters of Florida from confused voters who say the amendments' language sounds like a bunch of legalese.

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Jessica Lowe-Minor says the League has taken more than a thousand calls in the last month from frustrated voters looking for help.

"They call us and they say, 'I don't know what these amendments are or what they do. They're written in very confusing legalese. They're so long.' So voters are really looking for information about what the amendments would do if they went into the constitution and what the reasons to vote yes or no are."

State lawmakers put together all 11 amendments and wrote the language. One of the amendments has a summary of more than 600 words.

The League is telling callers it's not their fault if they don't understand the language.

But Lowe-Minor says vote "no" if the amendment is not clear.

"If you are a voter and you're confused about what the amendments do and you don't think you can make an informed choice, don't skip that section. You should vote no and let Florida's Legislature know that they have an obligation to be clear in their phrasing on the ballot."

You can get a closer look at the amendments and read clear explanations at the League's website: www.BeReadyToVote.org.

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