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Florida Governor and Cabinet Election Years, Amendment 1 (1963)

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The Florida Election for Certain State Executive Officers Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 5, 1963.

This amendment modified Article IV of the Florida Constitution to the election of Governor and their cabinet by two years onto the "off year."[1][2]

Election results

Florida Amendment 1 (1963)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 254,619 53.06%
No225,25546.94%

Unofficial election results via: Bradford County telegraph (November 7, 1963)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

No. 1

ARTICLE IV, SECTIONS 2 and 20—A proposed amendment to Article IV, Section 2 and 20 of the Constitution of the State of Florida providing for the election of the Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Comptroller, Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction and Commissioner of Agriculture at the 1964 general election for a term of two years and thereafter commencing with the general election of 1966 for a term of four years and providing that the Governor elected at the 1964 general election shall be eligible for re-election to the office the next succeeding term. [3][4]

Constitutional changes

Section 2. Election and Term of Governor. The governor shall be elected by the qualified electors of the state. The first election for governor under this section shall be at the general election of 1964, for a term of two (2) years and thereafter commencing with the general election of 1966, the governor shall be elected for a term of four (4) years. The term of office shall begin the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January next after this election. The governor elected at the general election of 1964 shall be eligible for re-election to said office in the general election of 1966, but the governor elected at the general election of 1966 and thereafter shall not be eligible for re-election to said office the next succeeding term.

Section 20. Governor's Cabinet. The governor shall be assisted by administrative officers as follows: A secretary of state, attorney general, comptroller, treasurer, superintendent of public instruction, and commissioner of agriculture, who shall be elected at the same time as the governor, and shall hold their offices for the same term; provided, that the first election of such officers under this section shall be had at the time of voting for governor in 1964 for a term of two (2) years and thereafter commencing with the time of voting for governor in 1966, said officers shall be elected for a term of four (4) years.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by Committee Substitute for House Joint Resolution 428 of 1963.
  • The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on June 17, 1963.[1]

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