UPDATE: Here’s how Gardens voters responded to ballot questions


Palm Beach Gardens voters said they support requiring term-limited council members to sit out for three years .

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With all precincts reporting, 60 percent of voters said they support the three-year sit-out. The city attorney has said the three-year sit-out will apply equally to everyone. 

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Currently, previous council members can never run again, but sitting and future council members could run after sitting out only a year, City Attorney Max Lohman has said. That leaves the city open to a lawsuit.

Opponents have said term limits that voters approved in November 2014 ban council members from ever running again after they must step aside.

By 19 votes, Palm Beach Gardens voters also supported electing City Council members by plurality rather than majority. That means the highest vote-getter wins, even if he or she does not get more than 50 percent of the vote.

Voters in Bay Hill Estates, The Preserve at Bay Hill Estates and Rustic Lakes favored annexation, with 67 percent of voters supporting it. A little more than 500 people from as many homes turned out to vote.


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