Florida County Judges, Amendment 3 (1954)

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The Florida County Judges Amendment, also known as Amendment 3, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on November 2, 1954.

This amendment modified Article V of the Florida Constitution to allow for additional county judges in counties with a population of more than 125,000.[1][2]

Election results

Florida Amendment 3 (1954)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 88,283 61.52%
No55,20938.48%

Official results via: Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1953-1954) (p.350-54)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

No. 3

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

ARTICLE V, SECTION 16b

A proposed amendment to Article V, by adding thereto a new section to be designated Section 16b, providing that the Legislature, where business of the office requires, may provide in any county having a population of more than 125,000, according to the last official census of Florida, for one or more additional county judges; providing for their election, term of office, powers, duties and compensation; and prescribing that any law enacted providing for such additional county judges shall become effective only upon ratification by a majority of voters of the county affected who participate in a referendum election with respects thereto.[1][3]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Section 16B. When and as the business of the office of the County Judge requires, in any county having a population of more than 125,000 according to the last official census of Florida, the Legislature may provide for one or more additional County Judges who shall be elected by the qualified electors of such county at the time and places of voting for other county officers and such additional County Judge or Judges, shall hold said office for four years and said Judge's or Judges' compensation shall be provided for by law, and he or they shall have and exercise all the powers and perform all the duties that are or may be provided or prescribed by the Constitution or Statutes for County Judges, and all laws relating to the County Judge shall apply to said additional County Judge or Judges. Provided, however, that any law enacted by the Legislature providing for additional county judges shall require a referendum thereon, and such law shall not become effective until it is ratified by a majority of the voters of the County affected who participate in said election.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Sample Ballot," November 1, 1954
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-2-54,"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.