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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 8, 2006

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Voters Approve ALL six
Constitutional Amendments

VoteSmartFlorida.org Helps More Than
4 Million Floridians Learn the Facts About the
Six Amendments on Yesterday’s Ballot

Tallahassee, FL – Florida voters have spoken and the results are in.  All six amendments proposed on the 2006 General Election ballot were approved and will now have a permanent fixture in Florida’s Constitution.

Voters are smart and many were looking for information to help them with their Election Day decisions.   “VoteSmartFlorida.org answered the call by researching and reporting to voters the facts on the six proposed constitutional amendments on the 2006 General Election ballot,” said Sheri Vicari, director of VoteSmartFlorida.org.

VoteSmartFlorida.org distributed over 100,000 printed copies of its easy-to-read, non-partisan 2006 Voter Guide to Proposed Constitutional Amendments providing voters with the facts and allowing them to make informed decisions before hitting the polls.  In the last five months, 4 million people took advantage of the voter resources available at www.VoteSmartFlorida.org with more than 140,000 downloading a free PDF of the Voter Guide.

 2006 General Election Report

Official Ballot Number & Title

Vote Count

AMENDMENT #1

State Planning and Budget Process

Effective Date:  Task Force must be appointed no later than January 2007
Establishes a long-range budget-planning process and creates a Government Efficiency Task Force to seek input from the public, executive and judicial branches and create a long-range financial plan.

YES for Approval
59.8%


NO for Rejection
40.2%

AMENDMENT #3

Requiring Broader Public Support for Constitutional Amendments or Revisions

Effective Date:  January 2, 2007
Increases the number of votes needed to approve ballot initiatives from 50% +1 to 60% of those voting on the measure.

YES for Approval
57.7%

NO for Rejection
42.3%

AMENDMENT #4

Protect People, Especially Youth From Addiction, Disease, and Other Health Hazards of Using Tobacco

Effective Date:  Immediately
Requires that 15% ($57 million) of the 2005 tobacco settlement payments to Florida will fund a statewide tobacco education and prevention program.

YES for Approval
60.9%

NO for Rejection
39.1%

AMENDMENT #6

Increased Homestead Exemption

Effective Date:  January 1, 2007

Authorizes the Legislature to allow counties to increase the maximum additional homestead exemption for low-income seniors* from $25,000 to $50,000.

YES for Approval
76%

NO for Rejection
24%

AMENDMENT #7

Permanently Disabled Veterans’ Discount on Homestead Ad Valorem Tax

Effective Date:  December 7, 2006
Lowers taxes for disabled veterans by allowing them to take a discount on their homestead property tax equal in proportion to the amount of disability as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

 

YES for Approval
77.8%


NO for Rejection
22.2%

AMENDMENT #8

Eminent Domain

Effective Date:  January 2, 2007
Requires that private property taken by eminent domain must be retained for 10 years before it may be transferred to another private entity.

 

YES for Approval
69%


NO for Rejection
31%

 

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