Alachua County may put Citizens United issue on ballot | Gainesville.com

Posted by Michelle, July 22, 2012

Alachua County voters will not get a chance to weigh in on a Supreme Court decision that many experts say has fundamentally changed the way elections are being financed.Alachua County commissioners on Tuesday decided not to schedule a non-binding straw poll in November to measure voter support on a national push to undo the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling.During public comment at the board’s last several meetings, residents with the local branch of Move to Amend requested that commissioners schedule such a straw poll.Last week, commissioners decided 3-2, with Lee Pinkoson and Susan Baird in dissent, to have staff draft a resolution that would schedule the referendum. When the resolution came back for a vote Tuesday, Winston Bradley switched from support to opposition. Bradley explained that those residents who spoke in support of Move to Amend at meetings had described it as a nonpartisan movement. But Bradley said that he went to the Move to Amend Web site and saw articles that “lambasted” Republicans, conservatives, Fox News, the tea party and GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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