Elections supervisor offers synopses of constitutional amendments

Paul Lux

County Elections Supervisor Lux explains one of 11 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution during a presentation at the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce office.

BRIAN HUGHES | News Bulletin
Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux said he sympathizes with voters befuddled by summaries for 11 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution that appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

“If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance — and we’ll just kind of leave that where it is,” Lux said as he began his address to the Oct. 10 meeting of the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce Government Issues Committee.

The ballot summaries’ lengths for each amendment resulted in election supervisors having to issue four-page, legal-sized ballots.

“All those amendments were put there by the Florida Legislature,” Lux said. “The legislature is not restricted by the law that says amendment descriptions have to be 75 words or less.”

Lux presented a brief summary of each amendment.

• Amendment 1:“Health Care Services” would prohibit compelling residents to buy health insurance. However, Lux said, no matter the vote on this amendment, directed against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, “the U.S. Supreme Court has already decided the issue is constitutional (residents may be compelled to buy health insurance),” so any state amendment, by federal law, is moot.

• Amendment 2:“Veterans disabled due to combat injury” relaxes eligibility requirements for an existing property tax exemption for veterans disabled due to a combat injury.

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