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This ballot is a beast

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Florida voters be warned: you're going to have a lot on your plate when you enter the voting booth this November.

The election ballots are long -- very long -- some of the longest in recent memory, and they're filled with complicated constitutional amendments. There are 11 of them, and they're printed in full.

To illustrate how long it takes to read over, we gave it to a handful of voters to see how long it would take them read it start to finish..

We found it took about an average of seven and a half minutes to get through it all, though some did admitted to skimming. The two longest and most thorough voters we talked to took 12 minutes and 17 minutes to trudge thru it.

"If that is the first time you're looking at the ballot at the ballot box it would be a real challenge," said voter Lisha Harris.

"It is just paragraph after paragraph, it is a lot of information," Kelsie McDonnell said.

"It is a total of six pages. It's quite lengthy, quite imposing. What we want is for people to become as familiar as possible with the ballot," said Travis Abercrombie, with the Supervisor of Elections office.

Which could make for some long lines and wait times on election day.

LINK: Click here to see a sample ballot from Hillsborough County.

LINK: Click here for a map from the Florida Division of Elections where you can click on your county for ballot and election information.

 

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