Tag: 2018 ballot
Signage stands at the ready (foreground) in case COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park reaches capacity, as cars wait in line in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 29, 2021. Image via AP.

Staff ReportsApril 25, 2018
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The man behind a proposed constitutional amendment to restore ex-cons’ voting rights wants voters — not “politicians” — to decide the issue. Desmond Meade, who’s backing this year’s “Voting Restoration Amendment,” on Wednesday said an appellate court should issue a “stay” in a separate but related federal lawsuit on restoring felons’ voting rights. The proposal, which […]

Drew WilsonApril 16, 2018
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Voters in Florida’s largest county are in favor of a constitutional amendment to require county constitutional officers be elected, a new poll found. The poll, commissioned by Constitutional Officer Resource Experts (C.O.R.E.), found more than three quarters of likely voters in Miami-Dade County were in favor of electing constitutional officers such as county sheriffs or […]

Drew WilsonDecember 13, 2017
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The committee backing a 2018 ballot initiative that would automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent Florida felons brought in more than $1.1 million in contributions in November. November’s $1.16 million haul marked the best fundraising month yet for Floridians for a Fair Democracy, which headed into December with $562,134 on hand. The vast majority of […]

Danny McAuliffeNovember 13, 2017
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With Constitution Revision Commissioner William “Bill” Schifino Jr.’s recent proposal to open Florida’s primaries, a nationwide movement has some steam in the Sunshine State. Specifically, the change proposed by Schifino—a Tampa attorney and 2016-2017 president of The Florida Bar—would allow independent voters to cast ballots in primary elections. Florida’s constitution currently provides for closed primaries: Elections […]

Jim RosicaOctober 27, 2017
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A proposed constitutional amendment would ensure that future governors could appoint new judges and justices up to their last day in office. But John Stemberger, the member of the Constitution Revision Commission who filed the amendment Thursday, said he was temporarily withdrawing the proposal to correct a drafting error.  The amendment would make certain that judicial terms […]

Jim RosicaOctober 2, 2017
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3min249
A proposed constitutional amendment aimed at limiting gambling’s expansion in the state now has more than 600,000 signatures, its backers said Monday. Voters in Charge, the political committee behind the amendment, said it’s “over halfway towards its goal of gathering 1.1 million signatures in order to reach the required number of 766,200 valid petitions to […]

Drew WilsonSeptember 7, 2017
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A 2018 ballot initiative to have the state automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent felons has reached 100,000 signatures according to the Florida Division of Elections. The initiative has 108,674 valid signatures, which is nearly double the number of signatures in mid-August and has now surpassed the threshold to be reviewed by Attorney General Pam Bondi. To […]

Peter SchorschAugust 14, 2017
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The political committee backing a ballot initiative to automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent felons brought in over $500,000 last month. “Floridians for a Fair Democracy” received $250,000 of the July haul from the American Civil Liberties Union, with another $150,000 coming from the The Advocacy Fund, a San Francisco-based group that funds a variety […]


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