Voter guide: November 2018 Midterm Elections
- We're publishing new sections of our November 2018 Midterm Election Guide each day through October 24 to get you ready to cast your ballot. Here's what we've published so far:
- U.S. Congress: Senate, House District 25, House District 26, House District 27
- Florida: State amendments, Governor, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture, Chief Financial Officer, Justices and Judges
- Local referenda: Miami-Dade County, City of Miami, City of Miami Beach
- Plus, if you’ve got questions on HOW to vote, check out our Q&A here.
Ends Dog Racing
This one, at least, is pretty self-explanatory. 🙌 The amendment would ban gambling on dog racing, which still happens at 11 dog tracks across Florida.
The amendment, which originated with the Constitution Revision Commission, reads:
Phases out commercial dog racing in connection with wagering by 2020. Other gaming activities are not affected.
Dog racing is a big deal in Florida. We have 11 of the 17 tracks in the whole U.S. in the state, and it’s a massive industry.
Animal rights activists support this amendment, saying it’s a cruel practice for the dogs, while the dog racing industry opposes it, saying banning gambling on the races will end their livelihood.
Many gambling facilities offering slot machines and card games currently have to be attached to a dog racing track to be legal, but this amendment would remove that requirement, meaning that the other types of gambling will remain even if the dog racing is banned.
If you vote yes, you are voting to end gambling on dog track racing in Florida. Other types of gambling won’t be affected.
If you vote no, you are voting to retain gambling on dog track racing.