Miami voters have what may seem like an unusual decision to make this November when they hit the polls: Should they give themselves the right to sue their city?

Following a series of precedent-setting lawsuits prompted by controversial real-estate deals, Miami commissioners have placed on the presidential ballot a question that if approved by a simple majority would explicitly give citizens the ability to challenge violations of the city charter.

In court, that ability is called standing. And without it, proponents of the proposal say Miami residents will be left with fewer tools to hold their government accountable.


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