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Amendment 8 vote will count, Florida Supreme Court says



The Florida Supreme Court has sided with the Legislature on its effort to relax the class size amendment, saying the language of Amendment 8 isn't at all confusing. From the unanimous ruling:

"We conclude that the ballot title and summary accurately represent the chief purpose of the amendment. It further provides fair notice of what the amendment contains and does not mislead the voters as to the amendment‘s true effect. Accordingly, we hold that the ballot language is not defective and that Amendment 8 complies with the requirements of law. We affirm the trial court‘s judgment that Amendment 8 shall remain on the ballot for the November 2010 general election. It is so ordered."

Needless to say, the Yes on 8 folks were pleased: "It's time for the voters to get the facts and decide on this question of providing common sense, flexibility and increased local control when it comes to addressing class sizes in Florida."

The group still faces the task of winning at least 60 percent of the vote to ease the 2002 amendment. Recent polls showed support falling far short of that level.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 4:17pm]


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