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Class size and land use amendments appear rejected by Florida voters

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November 2, 2010

By Bailey Ludlam

TALLAHASSEE, Florida: After what has been a tumultuous year for ballot measures in Florida, the election results are in and most precincts are counted.[1]

The Results:

  • Florida Campaign Finance Requirement Repeal, Amendment 1 - like Amendment 8, the measure failed to collect the necessary 60% vote approval minimum. The measure was estimated to have received 52.59% votes in support. The proposal called for a repeal of the public financing of statewide candidates who agree to spending limits.
  • Florida Military Homestead Property Tax Exemption, Amendment 2 - the tax exemption, similar to other states in the country, was overwhelmingly approved - 77.85%. The proposal calls for providing a homestead property tax exemption to members of the United States military or military reserves who receive a homestead exemption and were deployed in the previous year on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii.
  • Florida Comprehensive Land Use Plans, Amendment 4 - the highly controversial and debated measure was defeated by voters with 67.07% opposed. The initiative proposed to requiring a taxpayer-funded referendum for all changes to local government comprehensive land-use plans.
  • Florida Class Size, Amendment 8 - although it appears to have passed with 54.7%, the measure required 60% approval in order to pass. The measure called for flexibility in the state's current class size laws.
  • Florida Federal Budget Advisory Question - appears to have been approved with 71.9% votes in favor. The measure is a nonbinding referendum that asked whether Congress should add an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring a balanced federal budget without raising taxes.

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