What You Need To Know About Florida's Ballot Measures http://wlrn.org en No One Knows Why Florida's Ballot Measures Failed http://wlrn.org/post/no-one-knows-why-floridas-ballot-measures-failed <p>In this past election, only three of the 11 proposed changes to the Florida Constitution on this year's ballot actually passed.</p><p>The ballot measures covered issues like tax cuts, the Florida Supreme Court, abortion and public funding of religious groups.</p><p>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.</p> Wed, 14 Nov 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 4610 at http://wlrn.org No One Knows Why Florida's Ballot Measures Failed Voters Approve Veteran Tax Breaks In Time For Veterans Day http://wlrn.org/post/voters-approve-veteran-tax-breaks-time-veterans-day <p>Just before Veterans Day, the results of November's election provided some relief for veterans and their spouses in Florida.</p><p>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.</p> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 4405 at http://wlrn.org Voters Approve Veteran Tax Breaks In Time For Veterans Day The Day After: A WLRN-Miami Herald News Post-Election Special http://wlrn.org/post/day-after-wlrn-miami-herald-news-post-election-special <p></p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:14:38 +0000 Elaine Chen 4263 at http://wlrn.org The Day After: A WLRN-Miami Herald News Post-Election Special From South Florida's Polls To The Election Results: Get The Latest Here http://wlrn.org/post/south-floridas-polls-election-results-get-latest-here <p><strong>8:27 Ballot Measure and Big Races</strong></p><p>Here are some things that happened at the top and bottom of the ballot last night.</p><p class="p1">First, 8 of the 11 ballot measures failed this year.</p><p class="p1">Only three of these ballot measures passed:</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:12:00 +0000 Sammy Mack, Trina Sargalski & Ashley Lopez 4156 at http://wlrn.org From South Florida's Polls To The Election Results: Get The Latest Here Miami-Dade Early Voting Lines Are Long, But They Could Be Worse http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-early-voting-lines-are-long-they-could-be-worse <p></p><p>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.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>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.</p><p>Granted, these voters won’t be there all at the same time, but it’s still a daunting number.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:04:55 +0000 Jessica Meszaros 3970 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Early Voting Lines Are Long, But They Could Be Worse Why Miami's Early Voting Lines Are So Long http://wlrn.org/post/why-miamis-early-voting-lines-are-so-long <p>This weekend, thousands of early voters in Miami stood through some very long lines.</p><p>And it looks like the line hasn't let up.</p><p>On Monday afternoon, a workday, lines where still up to four hours in Miami Dade.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3744 at http://wlrn.org Why Miami's Early Voting Lines Are So Long A Guide To Miami-Dade's Charter Amendments http://wlrn.org/post/guide-miami-dades-charter-amendments <p></p><p>Besides the 11 proposed amendments to the state Constitution, Miami-Dade dwellers will also be deciding the fate of 8 proposed charter amendments.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 19:38:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3738 at http://wlrn.org A Guide To Miami-Dade's Charter Amendments Florida Amendments: Why There's No Amendment 7 http://wlrn.org/post/florida-amendments-why-theres-no-amendment-7 <p>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.</p><p>You will notice that there are amendments listed one through twelve-- but there's no Amendment 7.</p><p></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>No worries, though. Your ballot isn't defective, there just is no Amendment 7 this year.<p></p><p></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This is why:<p></p><p></p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:09:05 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3623 at http://wlrn.org Florida Amendments: Why There's No Amendment 7 Florida Voter Guide Roundup 2012 http://wlrn.org/post/florida-voter-guide-roundup-2012 <p>Here at WLRN-Miami Herald News we put together <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/post/breakdown-all-11-ballot-measures" target="_blank">a guide</a> 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.</p><p>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. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3573 at http://wlrn.org Breakdown Of All 11 Ballot Measures http://wlrn.org/post/breakdown-all-11-ballot-measures <p>This month,&nbsp;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. <a href="http://www.wlrn.org/topic/what-you-need-know-about-floridas-ballot-measures">You can listen to and read those stories here</a>.&nbsp;However, there are another 7 ballot measures that voters will get a say on here in Florida.</p><p>So, here is a breakdown of what ALL the ballot measures mean:</p><p><strong>Amendment 1</strong></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:30:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3493 at http://wlrn.org Breakdown Of All 11 Ballot Measures Salon: Florida's Amendment 6 Could Affect Public Employees http://wlrn.org/post/salon-floridas-amendment-6-could-affect-public-employees <p><em>Salon</em> profiled Florida's Amendment 6, &nbsp;one of the most controversial ballot measures facing approval from Florida voters &nbsp;Nov. 6.</p><p>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, <em>Salon</em> reports.</p><p>The amendment also has language that would prohibit the use of taxpayer money for abortions in the state.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:15:00 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3239 at http://wlrn.org How Strict New Tax Rules Could Affect Florida http://wlrn.org/post/how-strict-new-tax-rules-could-affect-florida <p>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.</p><p>Opponents all over the state, however, say this one change could lead to massive cuts in state services such as health care and education.</p><p><strong>How Amendment Three Works</strong></p><p></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 22:23:35 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3166 at http://wlrn.org How Strict New Tax Rules Could Affect Florida Debate: Will Amendment 5 Politicize Florida's Highest Court? http://wlrn.org/post/debate-will-amendment-5-politicize-floridas-highest-court <p>In 2011, the Florida Legislature set out to restructure the Florida Supreme Court.</p><p>Even though that effort failed, Republican Lawmakers did get a proposal for big changes onto this year’s ballot.</p><p>However, some say this effort could politicize and change the face of Florida’s highest court.</p><p></p><p><strong>Will New Rules Make Florida's Highest Court Less Impartial?</strong></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 21:34:09 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3163 at http://wlrn.org Debate: Will Amendment 5 Politicize Florida's Highest Court? Amendment 6: Right To Privacy Or Parental Rights? http://wlrn.org/post/amendment-6-right-privacy-or-parental-rights <p>One of the constitutional amendments on the ballot this November takes on the controversial and politically charged issue of abortion.</p><p class="p1">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.</p><p class="p1">This has women’s rights activists in the state up in arms over concerns that this could be the beginning of greater abortion restrictions.</p><p class="p1"><strong>A Right To Privacy</strong></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 21:22:37 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3072 at http://wlrn.org Amendment 6: Right To Privacy Or Parental Rights? What Religious Leaders Think About Florida's 'Religious Freedom' Amendment http://wlrn.org/post/what-religious-leaders-think-about-floridas-religious-freedom-amendment <p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:56:48 +0000 Ashley Lopez 3001 at http://wlrn.org What Religious Leaders Think About Florida's 'Religious Freedom' Amendment