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Florida County Judges, Amendment 5 (1950)

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The Florida County Judges Amendment, also known as Amendment 5, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on November 7, 1950.

This amendment modified Article V of the Florida Constitution to allow for additional county judges in counties with a population greater than 250,000.[1][2]

Election results

Florida Amendment 5 (1950)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 91,029 67.88%
No43,08132.12%

Official results via: Biennial Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1951-1950) (p.344-47)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

No. 5

To amend Article V by adding thereto Section 16A, providing that in counties with a population of more than two hundred fifty thousand the Legislature may provide for one additional county judge, and providing for the election, powers, duties and compensation of said additional county judge.[1][3]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Section 16A. When and as the business of the office of the County Judge requires, in any county having a population of more than two hundred and fifty thousand according to the last census taken by the United States government, the Legislature may provide for one additional County Judge 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 shall hold his office for four years, and his compensation shall be provided for by law, and he 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.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Sample Ballot," November 6, 1950
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-7-50,"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.