FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2018
Contact: Marcos Miralles,
Chairman, Libertarian Party of Florida
chair@lpf.org

 

MIAMI – In November, Florida voters will be asked to make 13 important decisions. These issues range from the complicated to the simple. But the choices you will be forced to make are not all simple.

But in fact, voters will be asked to make 24 separate decisions. This is because the Florida Constitution Revision Commission had few restrictions on the proposals it placed on the ballot. Citizen proposals must first be filtered through a “super-majority” vote of 22 of the 37 political appointees on the FCRC. The FCRC then combined proposals based along the thinnest of lines.

As a result, most of the FCRC proposals contain two or three unrelated topics, a practice they called “bundling.” We call it “bunk.” These combinations can vary comically such as choosing ban both offshore drilling ban and indoor “vaping.” These are clearly unrelated and many voters may support one but not the other. Many Florida voters will face such conflicting choices they may skip over some ballot items altogether.

The Libertarian Party of Florida applauds citizens who come forward to recommend changes to their Constitution. But 2018 illustrates the current ballot initiative system is horribly broken. There’s got to be a better way.

The LPF urges the FCRC to be revamped to have the citizens elect the “super-majority” of its members. The LPF urges that all unique proposals are presented separately so voters can make decisions they desire, not those that are steered by political appointees.

Together, we can control our future once we are allowed to make responsible choices: Choices free of special-interest restrictions.

– J. Mark Barfield, Staff Writer

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