By Matt Wiley

As the Tuesday, November 6, Presidential Election approaches, registered voters in New Tampa have a lot to decide. In addition to voting again for U.S. President, a U.S. Senator and several other major local offices, there also are, according to the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office (HCSEO), eleven proposed amendments to Florida’s Constitution that also will be in front of our local voters when they enter the voting booth, and it really is important to know what checking “Yes” or “No” really means when it comes to these proposed Constitutional amendments.

However, on the actual ballot, many of the “definitions” of these amendments are long and difficult to decipher without prior experience actually writing legislation or at least having graduated from law school. Considering the speed in which voting is expected to take place on Election Day, it’s going to be tough to have a firm grasp of what each amendment will mean to you before you cast your ballot.

This year’s General Election also will bear the names of all of those running for local, state and federal office races that were not decided in the August primary, including Hillsborough County Sheriff, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and countywide District 6 County Commissioner.

For a look at each Amendment as they will appear on the ballot, in a language that is a little easier to understand, and other election info, we hope you’ll check out page 3 and our ‘Amendement Explanations’ at

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