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FL voters strike down eight amendments



The Florida Legislature loaded up this year's historically long ballot with 11 lengthy and confusing constitutional amendments—only to see voters reject almost all of them.

Eight of the amendments failed to get the requisite 60 percent vote, including a massive property tax overhaul, new abortion restrictions and a "religious freedom" proposal.

The amendments made for long ballots, which clogged precincts and caused voters to wait for hours in some cases. It was the worst outcome for constitutional amendments since 1978, when all nine of the state's proposed amendments failed.

Several groups, including the League of Women Voters, called on Floridians to reject all 11 proposals, which they labeled as misleading and inappropriate.

Read more by Toluse Olorunnipa and Brittany Alana Davis.

[Last modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 11:05pm]


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