The fate of gambling and sports betting in Florida rests on the Amendment 3 voting results, and the two largest daily fantasy sports brands broke their silence today.
On Thursday, October 4, 2018, both DraftKings and Fan Duel sent out press releases via email, urging Florida residents to vote against Amendment 3 during the general election on November 6, 2018. Below are the press releases from both daily fantasy sports companies.
DraftKings Press Release on Florida Amendment 3
Vote NO on Amendment 3 in Florida!
What is Amendment 3?
- Amendment 3 would take the power away from the legislature to authorize sports betting in Florida.
- It pretends to give voters more power, but it is really an attempt to let special interests determine what you can and can’t do with your own hard-earned money.
What happens if Amendment 3 passes?
- Any attempt to bring sports betting to Florida would be dead in its tracks.
- Florida would be left behind as other states legalize sports betting.
- There would be no recourse. Once it passes there is no turning back.
What can I do?
- VOTE AGAINST AMENDMENT 3 IN NOVEMBER!
- Learn more about Amendment 3 at: https://www.choosemenot3.com/
Fan Duel Press Release on Florida Amendment 3
Vote no on Amendment 3 – protect your right to bring sports betting to Florida
It’s important to vote NO on Amendment 3 in this election.
Amendment 3 was written to try to deceive you…
It pretends to give voters more power, but the reality is it seeks to make it impossible to bring sports betting to Florida and makes it more difficult to protect your right to play fantasy sports.
States across the country are racing to legalize sports betting, but Amendment 3 would stop any chance of bringing sports betting to Florida dead in its tracks.
Sports fans like you are now able to legally place bets using the FanDuel app in New Jersey, and at locations in West Virginia, Delaware, and Mississippi, with more states coming on soon. And fans LOVE it.
But if Amendment 3 passes, the Legislature will no longer have the power to authorize sports betting in Florida.
Our opponents will also use Amendment 3 to make it more difficult to protect your right to play fantasy sports.
Preserve the opportunity to have legal, engaging, and exciting sports betting in Florida.
Please vote NO on Amendment 3.
What is Florida Amendment 3?
Florida Amendment 3 gives Florida voters the “exclusive right” on deciding whether to allow casinos and gambling in the state.
However, under the amendment, the Florida State Legislature would not be allowed to pass any casino or gambling-related laws or be able to propose a constitutional amendment to the ballot.
If Florida Amendment 3 passes, for any legislation on casinos, gambling, or sports betting to pass in the state of Florida, citizens would have to gather signatures from residents equal to 8 percent of state voters in the 2016 presidential election and would need the 8 percent each in at least 14 of the 27 districts.
In addition, larger companies, like Disney and the Seminole Casinos who’ve together donated nearly $37 million to “Voter in Charge,” the super PAC supporting the amendment, would have the resources to easily gather the signatures needed to pass gambling legislation in their favor, creating a potential casino and gambling monopoly in Florida as a result.
How can I vote on Florida Amendment 3?
The deadline for Floridians to register to vote in the 2018 Midterm Election is Tuesday, Oct. 9, and the polls will be open in Florida on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for both Central and Eastern time zones. Once registered, contact your county’s supervisor of elections to see exactly where your polling place is located.
Florida residents can register to vote here.