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 — including a massive property tax overhaul, abortion restrictions and a “religious freedom” proposal — failed to get the requisite 60 percent vote.
The outcome is a sweeping rejection of the Republican-led Legislature’s push to pile the ballot with long, complicated amendments, clogging precincts and causing 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.
“This is some heavy lifting the Legislature hoisted onto the people of Florida,” said Deirdre Macnab, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida. “It’s a real tribute to Florida voters that they took the time to research the facts, and they sent the entree back to the kitchen.”