It’s officially a clean sweep. After a manual recount, Miami-Dade County elections officials determined Thursday that a majority of voters rejected the charter amendment prohibiting former county politicians from returning as paid lobbyists for two years after leaving office.
The result reverses what appeared to be slim voter approval of the measure following the May 24 election. Under state law, a manual recount is held if the yes and no voters are separated by one half of one percent or less.
The final tally was 87,418 voting to approve the measure, 87,602 against.
The vote means that all six charter amendments on the May 24 ballot were rejected by voters. The proposals — ranging from 12-year term limits and pay increases for commissioners to enshrining the office of the Inspector General in the county charter — were hastily cobbled together by commissioners in a bid to appease a restive and angry electorate after voters recalled both former county mayor Carlos Alvarez and former county commissioner Natacha Seijas on March 15.