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MIAMI (CBSMIAMI) – The Miami Dolphins delivered a check for more than $4 million last Friday to kick off the push for a special election to approve a tax for renovating Sun Life Stadium. Voters who want to be a part of that decision do face an important deadline Monday.
April 15 is the final day any voter in Miami-Dade County who isn’t registered to vote can register and vote in the May 14th referendum on the tax to fund the improvements to Sun Life Stadium. The registration deadline was so quick because overseas and military ballots go out on Tuesday.
The deal between the County and the Dolphins was agreed to last Wednesday, but it’s just one of the hurdles both sides must clear in order to get tourist tax money to the Dolphins to renovate Sun Life Stadium.
The deal still must clear the state legislature in Tallahassee. The legislature’s session ends on May 3rd, meaning time is of the essence for all parties involved to get the deal passed. If it doesn’t, then the entire deal will be thrown out, even if some votes have already come in on it.
The vote will also be an early test for the Miami-Dade Elections Department after a poor performance during the November 2012 election. Some voters waited at least four hours to cast early votes and on Election Day, voters stood in lines for hours trying to cast a vote.
Elections officials believe that since the ballot is shorter and early voting has been increased to 14 days, no problems will spring up on the day of the election.
Requested absentee ballots must go out on April 23rd. Early voting will then begin April 29th and run through May 12th. The referendum will be put before voters on May 14th.