The Florida Constitutional Revision Commission has decided to bundle topics within three amendments on the 2018 general election ballots. When voters choose yes or no, they could be splitting that one vote to count on multiple provisions.
Cecile Scoon a lawyer and President of the bay County League of Women Voters explains the legalities of bundling. “They by law are allowed to do it um and they have done that in the past, but they they’ve tried generally not to bundle as many.” The commission’s intention is to make ballot’s shorter so voters do not lose interest in the booth. This year there are three amendments on the ballots that have two or more topics lumped into one. They are amendments 7, 9, and 11.
The grouping of these provisions is causing concern among some voters. “The more they become aware that these amendments are there and the amount of language there is… we’re getting a whole number of phonecalls regarding that.” said Mark Andersen the Bay County Supervisor of Elections
“It makes it really difficult for citizens to be able to understand- well I like this component, but I don’t like that component but I’ve gotta sacrifice something to vote for the one I really care about,” said Scoon.
Concerns have even created courtcases within the florida supreme court challenging amendments. “Hopefully we’re locked down to what the amendments will be. But it is possible somehting else could occur between now and early voting,” said Andersen.
Amendments require 60% public approval to pass.
To read the full text of each amendment visit the link below.