If it feels like déjà vu, it probably is. After deciding four constitutional amendments in October, voters will now have to weigh in on four more on November 18. Some of these are worth taking a closer look at.
In October voters seemed to like what they saw in the offerings for constitutional amendments. All of them passed. None of them were really close and two garnered more than 70% of the votes cast. Sometimes interest in amendments drops off precipitously once voters cast their ballots for marquee races like governor. This time the numbers were not that far off, though turnout for the entire election was extremely low.
It’s likely to be even lower for this go around. The governor and lieutenant governor’s races are settled. The other statewide races don’t appear to be terribly competitive on paper, and a lot of legislative seats have been decided, too.
But constitutional amendments, while not always commanding a high profile, are still important. Once again CABL has analyzed the four amendments on the ballot. Two are pretty straight forward. Two others rate high on the complicated-to-understand scale. But it helps to know the background and context of all of them before making a decision.
Early voting runs November 3-11. Election Day is November 18.