BEWARE WHAT YOU ARE VOTING FOR!
This election we have 12 amendments to our state Constitution, of which I voted NO to all of them.
Two of the items are religious in nature and the catholic church has told all of the followers to vote yes on them.
One in particular is about using public funds for abortions, but there is already a federal ban preventing the use of public funds for abortions. I showed this to my family and told them that some jackasses are trying to weave their religious views in to our constitution, unconstitutionally.
I explained that the ban already exists!!! Don't you see they are trying to circumvent the law! This should not be added!
My mom didn't believe me until I showed it to her in black and white. Her reply was, "Why would people be so sneaky? Why do they try to word things in such a way to deceive the voters?"
I didn't get my in-laws to vote no because they had done so before I could get to them, but again, the catholic church pushed the idea during mass.
Even if it passes, it will be fought in the courts, but this pissed me off that people are allowed to get away with tricking the public.
Every few years a new vote comes in to play, even ones not so politically charged.
About ten years ago we had a vote in Florida to "investigate and research the possible advantages of light rail". 83% of the state voted YES, but in four years there was a new vote for a similar cause on the ballot.
The vote was worded in a negative/reverse wording. Basically it said the same exact thing as the previous vote had, but in the end, literally at the very, very end, that if you voted for this the previous vote would be thrown out.
Guess what? 83% of Floridians voted YES to the new vote. So in return, the previous vote was thrown out and the light rail "study" was stopped.
Wanna know who sponsored the new vote?
It was a coalition of taxi, limo, bus, shuttle, etc groups which banded together to stop the light rail system because they thought they would be losing business.
So people, before you vote for these strangely worded amendments by guessing, know what you are voting for; visit places like http://collinscenter.org/2012flamendments/home-2/ which is a non-profit center setup for informing voters.
Research this crap and tell your family and friends of the information. Keep yourself informed and others!