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JU professor to voters: Educate yourselves on amendments

Jacksonville University professor Dr. Stephen Baker

Jacksonville University professor Stephen Baker said in a First Coast News interview that it’s critical for Florida voters to educate themselves on the 11 proposed state Constitutional amendments before they go to the polls.

Much of the 2012 election ballot’s language, particularly partaining to the amendments, is difficult to understand, Baker said on the television station’s”On Point” program.

“If you wait to go to the polling place, you’ll really be lost,” Baker said in the Oct. 6 interview.  “It will be extremely difficult, plus there are likely to be long lines there.”

Baker recommended the Collins Center for Public Policy website as an objective source of analysis on the amendments, which cover topics including abortion rights, tax reductions, health care, and funding private education with public money.

On the “On Point” program, Baker also discussed some of the amendments in detail. Here is the complete interview with Baker:

Elections supervisors statewide are recommending that people vote early to avoid long lines on election day. Meanwhile, a sample ballot is available at public libraries, city halls and the Duval County Supervisor of Elections Website, and a sample ballot be mailed to all Duval County registered voters and published in The Florida Times-Union newspaper.