Voters in Charge projected to be ahead of 60 percent required to pass

Voters in Charge projected to be ahead of 60 percent required to pass

September 01, 2018 8:14 AM
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New poll results contracted for by Voters in Charge, the group pushing the proposed Florida constitutional amendment giving voters the final say over any gambling expansion, is projected to be running significantly ahead of the 60 percent required to pass.

Polling research, local media report, shows approval for Amendment 3 is favored by 71 percent of likely Florida voters. Currently, state law permits casinos only at tribal facilities, though that restriction allows some exceptions in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Amendment 3 would bar the Florida Legislature from passing any future laws to expand or restrict casino gambling. Instead, changes would have to be agreed upon by voters with a 60 percent majority.

Hill Research Consultants conducted the survey between July 18 and 24, interviewing 1,029 Florida voters through a mix of mobile phones, landlines, and online surveys.

Voters in Charge is being largely funded by contributions from a division of Disney World and the Seminole Tribe, the owner/operator of major casino operations, mostly under its Hard Rock brand, in several of Florida’s major population centers, through a compact with the state government.