Early voting for the Florida gubernatorial race has already started, and election day is fast approaching. But if you're a little confused about what and who is on the ballot, the Central Florida Future has created a voting guide for students with information collected from the Orange County Supervisor of Elections, League of Women Voter's bi-partisan voting guide and the candidates for governor.

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Where and when to vote

For students who are registered to vote in Orange or Seminole counties, they can vote at early-voting sites, such as UCF's Barbara Ying Center in Orange County, or in their respective counties from now until Nov. 2. On election day, which is Nov. 4, they can vote at their assigned polling place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"[Students] will be asked to provide a valid photo ID and a signature ID, such as a driver license, U.S. passport, student ID," Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles said in an email. "The IDs can be one ID or two separate IDs."

Why should students vote

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"Students should realize that candidates and amendments on the general-election ballot will have a direct impact on our local community as well as the state," Cowles said. "Issues such as scholarships dollars, job opportunities, tuition fees and other basic services are determined by state and local elected officials. In an off election year (verses a presidential election year) a single vote can make a difference."

Amendment 1: Water and Land Conservation

The amendment would provide a long-term funding mechanism for environmental conservation without a new tax, remove reliance on yearly legislative funding for water- and land-conservation projects and enhance publicly held recreational lands.

If you vote yes

With this amendment, there would be money for environmental conservation without having to introduce a new tax. This would also mean that the Florida Legislature would not have to be asked yearly for funding water- and land-conservation projects.

If you vote no

Without the amendment, there will be no long-term funding mechanism for environmental conservation and would retain the Legislature's ability to make budgetary decisions on a year-to-year basis.

Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana

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This amendment would allow individuals who are determined by a licensed Florida physician to have debilitating diseases to purchase and use medical marijuana, according to the League of Women Voters of Florida Education Fund's 2014 Nonpartisan Voter Guide. It prohibits the operation of a car or boat while under the influence of marijuana; allows workplaces, schools and public spaces to ban marijuana from their facilities; and no insurance company or government agency can be required to cover its costs.

If you vote yes

The amendment would provide for the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes by individuals who are determined to have debilitating diseases by a licensed Florida physician. The use of recreational marijuana will still be prohibited, and the amendment will require the Department of Health to both monitor centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and to issue identification cards to patients and caregivers.

If you vote no

Without this amendment, there will be no change to the current prohibition on marijuana use in the state of Florida and the status quo as it relates to the enforcement of marijuana laws currently in place.

Amendment 3: Judicial Appointments

This amendment would require a governor to prospectively fill vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court or a district court of appeal. The vacancy needs to be filled when a justice or judge reaches the retirement age of 70, fails to qualify for a retention election or fails to secure a majority of votes during his or her retention election. Currently, it can be interpreted that a newly sworn-in governor is the one to fill vacancies. This amendment would make it so that the outgoing governor, rather than the newly sworn-in governor, would appoint the successor judge or justice.

If you vote yes

With this amendment, it would make it so that an outgoing governor could fill judicial vacancies instead of having to wait for the newly elected governor to fill them. It could possibly shorten the time of judicial vacancy in the Florida Supreme Court or a district court of appeal.

If you vote no

Without it, a newly sworn-in governor will fill prospective judicial vacancies and continue to allow judicial vacancies to exist for up to 120 days.

For more information and a sample voting ballot, visit the Orange County Supervisor of Election's website.

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The gubernatorial candidates:



Receiving 42 percent of the vote as of Oct. 14

Marriage equality: Supports

Medical marijuana: Supports

Why you should vote for Crist: "Students should vote for Charlie Crist because he is the people's governor," said the president of College Democrats at UCF Chelsea Day in an email. "He stands for students and wants to restore the cuts that Rick Scott has made to Bright Futures, primary education, and secondary education. Charlie Crist believes in creating sustainable jobs. While Rick Scott was in office he created jobs, but jobs that are minimum wage (a wage that he doesn't believe in increasing). Most college students work minimum-wage jobs and Rick Scott said that increasing this wage literally makes him 'cringe.' Charlie Crist is for the people, and for the students."



Receiving 42 percent of the vote as of Oct. 14

Marriage equality: Against

Medical marijuana: Supports, but does not support Amendment 2

Why you should vote for Scott: "Rick Scott repealed this crippling tuition increase and cut the cost of prepaid tuition in half," said chair of the UCF College Republicans Jennifer Bautista in a statement. "While Rick Scott has opened more doors of opportunity for many of my classmates, Charlie Crist has always been more interested in advancing his own political career than helping Florida's students."



Receiving 7 percent of the vote as of Oct. 14

Marriage equality: Supports

Medical marijuana: Supports

Why you should vote for Wyllie: "College students are starting to realize big government is not the solution to anything. And the truth is the two-party system is more and more of the same. So I think college kids in general are looking for something different," Wyllie said. "My goal is to keep government out of their wallets, out of their bedrooms, out of their body and their business and that's exactly what I'm going to do as governor."

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