|SMARTER GROWTH AMENDMENT THAT EXCLUDES MANY THOUSANDS OF FLORIDA VOTERS|
|Written by Marjorie Holt|
|Sunday, January 18 2009|
BEFORE THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT
IN RE: ADVISORY OPINION CASE NO.: SC08-318
TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
RE: FLORIDA GROWTH MANAGEMENT
INITIATIVE GIVING CITIZENS THE RIGHT
TO DECIDE LOCAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT CHANGES
FLORIDA MILITARY FAMILIES SPEAK OUT, et al.’s MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICI CURIAE/INTERESTED PERSONS’ BRIEFUnder the proposed Constitutional Amendment and the Court’s opinion in the above-styled case, even active-duty military personnel would have to "travel to his or her local elections office to sign the petition only in that location" within the sixty date referendum period despite the fact that many are serving our country in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe and many other military bases and installations around the world.
Active duty military personnel should not be disenfranchised from a political process that they have given their lives to defend and roadblocks should not be enacted that would prevent their full participation in our political process.
Active duty military personnel have already made the ultimate sacrifice; they should not be relegated to a separate class, but afforded their full rights in the political process.
This issue was not adequately considered or addressed by the Court.
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