New Web Site Explains Pros/Cons of Proposed Amendments

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When Florida residents cast their ballots in November, they'll be voting on far more than our next President. They'll also be asked to vote on six key amendments that will impact the social and economic future of the State. Florida's Collins Center for Public Policy has partnered with Neighborhood America to launch, intended to educate the public in an unbiased and objective way. The site will offer moderated forums to engage visitors and promote ongoing discussions around the issues as well as high quality video presentations to make learning about the amendments both informative and interesting.

Our goal is to give Floridians objective information they can trust in the most accessible format possible

Helping Florida voters better understand the proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution is the primary mission of a new interactive web site launched today by the Collins Center for Public Policy Inc.

Voters will decide the fate of six proposed amendments or revisions to the constitution on the Nov. 4 ballot. To help them make the best decision possible, the new Collins site,, features:

  • Objective, nonpartisan analyses of all the current amendments that include details about the history of the measures, the key players, arguments for and against the measures, links to relevant sites, and more.
  • Flash presentations by the visual-thinking group Xplane, creators of the Did You Know 2.0 - Shift Happens presentation.
  • Links to relevant websites where voters can explore topics and players in more detail.
  • Updated archive of recent media reports to enrich their understanding of the measures.
  • A rich trove of information about the Florida Constitution and how the amendment process works.
  • Moderated forums where visitors can share and learn via discussions with others.

According to Collins Center president Rod Petrey, "The next Presidential Election promises to have an entirely new, younger group of voters turning out at the polls. Many of these voters may not be familiar with the proposed amendments or how these changes will impact their lives. This new web site is an easy-to-read, interactive and interesting way to become better prepared for marking that ballot in November."

Not only does the site include a moderated forum to engage its visitors and promote ongoing discussions of the issues but it also includes high quality video presentations to make learning about the amendments interesting as well as informative. Voters can also participate in online surveys. was developed with the latest in web site technology. Neighborhood America provides the award-winning technology and acts as a partner, committed to guiding the Collins Center through the entire process of building an interactive online community for voters.

"Our goal is to give Floridians objective information they can trust in the most accessible format possible," stated Petrey. "In order to do this effectively, you have to provide information that a visitor can look through quickly. The website has to be easily navigated, the information has to be compelling enough to hold their attention and the visitor has to be given the option to interact with the site. We have integrated all these features into"

The project was funded through grants from the Florida Bar Foundation, The P.L. Dodge Foundation and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice.

The Collins Center is a statewide nonpartisan nonprofit public policy think tank devoted to helping Florida solve its toughest problems. The center, with offices in Tallahassee, Miami and Venice, helps Floridians in many areas, including criminal justice, community redevelopment, community health, the environment, education and more. Learn more about our programs at

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