Ballot Measures 2012

Ballot Measures
12:00 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

No One Knows Why Florida's Ballot Measures Failed

There are a lot of theories about why this year's ballot measures didn't pass-- but they are just theories.
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In this past election, only three of the 11 proposed changes to the Florida Constitution on this year's ballot actually passed.

The ballot measures covered issues like tax cuts, the Florida Supreme Court, abortion and public funding of religious groups.

There are a lot of theories as to why this happened: a historically long ballot might have fatigued people by the time they got to the ballot measures, the amendments themselves were lengthy and confusing, lines were too long and polling places were chaotic, etc.

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Veterans Day
10:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Voters Approve Veteran Tax Breaks In Time For Veterans Day

Voters approved two separate ballot measures aimed at giving military families tax breaks.
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Just before Veterans Day, the results of November's election provided some relief for veterans and their spouses in Florida.

Among the many measures up for vote on this year's long and complicated ballot, were two tax exemptions aimed at helping out military families. Those two measures were among three that actually passed last week. There were 11 ballot measures in total.

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Post Election Analysis
3:14 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

The Day After: A WLRN-Miami Herald News Post-Election Special

The voting is over, ballots have been cast, and even though all the results may not be in--Florida has spoken.  Many voters voiced their frustration with the long lines and are demanding to know: why did the state shorten early voting and what went wrong on election night?  President Obama won this election, but the biggest news in Florida is the state's continued troubles with administering an election.  

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Live Blog: Election 2012
8:12 am
Wed November 7, 2012

From South Florida's Polls To The Election Results: Get The Latest Here

Poll workers had their jobs cut out for them on Election Day.
Credit Dan Grech

8:27 Ballot Measure and Big Races

Here are some things that happened at the top and bottom of the ballot last night.

First, 8 of the 11 ballot measures failed this year.

Only three of these ballot measures passed:

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Early Voting
1:04 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Miami-Dade Early Voting Lines Are Long, But They Could Be Worse

Miami-Dade voters finally enter their ballots after hours of waiting
Jessica Meszaros

All week, early voters have been grumbling about the hours-long lines as they cast ballots before the deadline for the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.    

Miami-Dade, in particular, has only 20 available early voting locations for the county’s 1.28 million registered voters. In other words: the ratio of voters to early polling places is about 64,000:1.

Granted, these voters won’t be there all at the same time, but it’s still a daunting number.

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Voting
10:30 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Why Miami's Early Voting Lines Are So Long

Voters waiting in a two hour line to vote in Miami Dade.
Credit Ashley Lopez / WLRN

This weekend, thousands of early voters in Miami stood through some very long lines.

And it looks like the line hasn't let up.

On Monday afternoon, a workday, lines where still up to four hours in Miami Dade.

At North Dade Regional Library the wait was three-and-a-half hours. At Coral Reef and West Dade Regional Library it was about three hours, as well. However, the longest lines in the county were at North Dade Regional Library, where the wait time there was a grueling four hours. 

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Ballot Measures
3:38 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

A Guide To Miami-Dade's Charter Amendments

Here is a breakdown of the 8 charter amendments in Miami Dade.
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Besides the 11 proposed amendments to the state Constitution, Miami-Dade dwellers will also be deciding the fate of 8 proposed charter amendments.

 These charter amendments are significantly shorter than the state-level changes, but there are quite a few of them-- and like most ballot measures, they can be kind of confusing. However, here is our breakdown created with the help of The Florida League of Women Voters' 2012 Voting Guide

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Politics
4:09 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Florida Amendments: Why There's No Amendment 7

Don't worry if Amendment 7 isn't on your ballot, because it doesn't exist.
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For those of you currently mulling over your absentee ballot or preparing to head over to the polls this coming week, don't be alarmed when you get to the Constitutional amendments on your ballot.

You will notice that there are amendments listed one through twelve-- but there's no Amendment 7.

 No worries, though. Your ballot isn't defective, there just is no Amendment 7 this year.

 This is why:

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Voter Guides
10:30 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Florida Voter Guide Roundup 2012

Here at WLRN-Miami Herald News we put together a guide to explain Florida's lengthy and somewhat confusing ballot measures for you. We've focused on what, exactly, the measures mean and what the policy implications are.

Advocacy groups across the state have taken it a step further. A number of organizations have developed ballot voting guides with suggestions on how to vote.  

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Ballot Measures
10:30 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Breakdown Of All 11 Ballot Measures

Floridians will vote on 11 amendments in November.
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This month, WLRN, along with the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting and other NPR affiliates all over the state, gave you close look at four proposed changes to the state Constitution that Floridians will vote on in November. You can listen to and read those stories here. However, there are another 7 ballot measures that voters will get a say on here in Florida.

So, here is a breakdown of what ALL the ballot measures mean:

Amendment 1

TOPIC: Health Care

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Amendment 6
9:15 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Salon: Florida's Amendment 6 Could Affect Public Employees

Salon profiled Florida's Amendment 6,  one of the most controversial ballot measures facing approval from Florida voters  Nov. 6.

The ballot item is aimed at removing a constitutional right to privacy currently in Florida's Constitution, but it also might cut abortion coverage in some cases for the state's public employees, Salon reports.

The amendment also has language that would prohibit the use of taxpayer money for abortions in the state.

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Taxes
6:23 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

How Strict New Tax Rules Could Affect Florida

Opponents of Amendment 3 say restricting how much money the state can bring in will hurt Floridians.
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Amendment 3 on Florida’s ballot this year, if passed, will change how the state figures out how much money it can collect in taxes.

Opponents all over the state, however, say this one change could lead to massive cuts in state services such as health care and education.

How Amendment Three Works

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The Florida Supreme Court
5:34 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Debate: Will Amendment 5 Politicize Florida's Highest Court?

Some say Amendment 5 will make the Florida Supreme Court less impartial.
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In 2011, the Florida Legislature set out to restructure the Florida Supreme Court.

Even though that effort failed, Republican Lawmakers did get a proposal for big changes onto this year’s ballot.

However, some say this effort could politicize and change the face of Florida’s highest court.

Will New Rules Make Florida's Highest Court Less Impartial?

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Ballot Measures
5:22 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Amendment 6: Right To Privacy Or Parental Rights?

The Archdiocese of Miami is funding a campaign to pass Amendment 6, because they say they want to store parental rights in abortion matters.
Ashley Lopez WLRN

One of the constitutional amendments on the ballot this November takes on the controversial and politically charged issue of abortion.

Amendment 6, if passed, would prohibit public funding for abortions in the state, but it would also take away a right to privacy explicitly contained in Florida’s Constitution.

This has women’s rights activists in the state up in arms over concerns that this could be the beginning of greater abortion restrictions.

A Right To Privacy

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Ballot Measures
4:56 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

What Religious Leaders Think About Florida's 'Religious Freedom' Amendment

Pastor Guillermo Marquez Sterling in Coral Gables is afraid Amendment 8 will hurt religious freedom in the state.
Ashley Lopez/ WLRN

In November, Floridians will decide whether or not to remove a state ban that prohibits the use of tax money for the funding of religious groups.

While the Catholic Church in the state remains one of the biggest proponents of this so-called “Religious Freedom” amendment, some religious leaders are weary of the measure.

Guillermo Marquez-Sterling, a pastor at the United Church of Christ in Coral Gables, says he’s concerned that, if Amendment 8 passes, if tax money could fund religious organizations, religious institutions like his will actually lose some of their freedom.

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