Florida County Commissioner Districts, Amendment 1 (1932)

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The Florida County Commissioner Districts Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was defeated by voters in the general election on November 8, 1932.

This amendment sought to modify Article XIII of the Florida Constitution in relation to creating county commissioner districts.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 1 (1932)
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No78,50559.87%
Yes 52,612 40.13%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1931-1932)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

To amend Section 5 of Article 8 of the Constitution of the State of Florida relating to County Commissioners, and providing the County Commissioners of several counties of this State shall divide their respective counties into five commissioners’ districts to be numbered respectively from one to five, inclusive, and each district shall be as nearly as possible equal in proportion to population, and thereafter there shall be in each of such districts a county commissioner, who shall be elected by the qualified electors of said county, at the time and place of voting for other county officers, and shall hold his office for four years; provided, however, that the County Commissioners elected in the general election in 1932 from the even numbered districts, shall serve for two years, and those from the odd numbered districts shall serve for four years, and thereafter the terms shall be four years. The powers, duties and compensation of such County Commissioners shall be prescribed by law.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 5. Immediately upon the ratification of this Amendment, the county commissioners of the several counties of this State shall divide their respective counties into five commissioners' districts, to be numbered respectively from one to five, inclusive, and each district shall be as nearly as possible equal in proportion to population, and thereafter there shall be in each of such districts a county commissioner, who shall be elected by the qualified electors of said county, at the time and place of voting for other county officers, and shall hold his office for four years, provided, however, that the County Commissioners elected in the general election in 1932, from the even-numbered districts shall serve for two years, and those from the odd-numbered districts shall serve for four years, and thereafter the terms shall be four years. The powers, duties and compensation of such County Commissioners shall be prescribed by law.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot as House Joint Resolution 51 of 1931.
  • The amendment was approved for the ballot on June 15, 1931.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-8-32"
  2. The Clewiston News, "Sample Ballot," November 4, 1932
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.