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Miami-Dade charter changes fail; one too close to call

Miami-Dade voters rejected five proposed charter amendments Tuesday, despite widespread sentiment that reform is sorely needed at County Hall.

A sixth proposal — which would ban county politicians from returning as paid lobbyists for two years after leaving office — was too close to call Tuesday night. The measure appeared to pass by 154 votes but elections officials said between 3,000 and 3,400 absentee ballots remained to be counted Wednesday.

The items needed support from a majority of voters to change the Home Rule charter, the governing rulebook for the sprawling county government.

Full story by Martha Brannigan and Matthew Haggman here.