Your Voice, Your Vote: Breaking down the ballot

Your Voice, Your Vote: Breaking down the ballot
Your Voice, Your Vote: Breaking down the ballot
Posted at 2:33 AM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 01:58:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Early voting in the Sunshine State starts Monay.

As Floridians head to the polls, they'll be deciding on more than just candidates.

Twelve amendments are on the ballot. Here's a closer look at each one.

Every 20 years, Floridians get the chance to revise the state constitution.

2018 is one of those years, with several issues to consider.

Amendment 1 would give some homeowners a tax break, though local governments would lose more than $600 million a year.

Amendment 2 would put a permanent cap on tax increases for non-homestead properties -- like apartments and vacation homes.

Amendment 3 would give voters control of gambling.

Amendment 4 would restore voting rights for most people with prior felony convictions that have finished their sentences.

Amendment 5 would require a two-thirds vote of the Florida legislature in order to impose or raise state taxes.

Amendment 6 would expand victims' rights in the Constitution. It would also raise the mandatory retirement age for judges.

Amendment 7 would require the state to pay *death benefits* to families of first responders and members of the military.

It also would require a "supermajority vote" for public universities to impose or raise fees.

The Florida Supreme Court removed Amendment 8.

Amendment 9 would ban offshore drilling for oil and gas. It would also put strong restrictions on *vaping* indoors.

Amendment 10 has a lot of elements. It would create an Office of Domestic Security and Counterterrorism within the FDLE. It would also mandate a state department for veterans' affairs.

The amendment would require elections for five county-wide offices listed in the Constitution - and it would establish the start of session in even-numbered years.

Amendment 11 would repeal a ban on non-citizens owning property. It would also get rid of the requirement to prosecute suspects in crimes under the provisions of the law they're accused of breaking -- even if that law has been changed.

Amendment 12 would expand ethics rules for public officials when it comes to lobbying.

And Amendment 13 would ban dog racing.