Florida November General Elections, Amendment 5 (October 1896)

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The Florida November General Elections Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on October 6, 1896.

This amendment modified Articles III, VII, and XVIII of the Florida Constitution to establish November as the month for general elections.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 5 (October 1896)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 8,389 83.60%
No1,64616.40%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1895-1896)

Text of measure

No sample ballot has yet been identified.

Constitutional changes

Article I of amendments to the Constitution of the State of Florida is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Section 3, of Article III, of the Constitution is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Section 3. The members of the House of Representatives of the State of Florida shall be chosen biennially beginning with the general election on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 1898, and thereafter on the corresponding day of every second year.

Article II of amendments to the Constitution of the State of Florida is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 2, of Article VII, of the Constitution is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Section 2. The Legislature shall consist of not more than thirty-two members of the Senate, and of not more than sixty-eight members of the House of Representatives. The members of the House of Representatives shall be elected for terms of two years, and the members of the Senate shall be elected for terms of four years, except as hereinafter provided. The elections for members of the House of Representatives and Senate shall be at the same time and places. The terms of office of the Senators elected in October, A. D. 1896, shall expire on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, A. D. 1900, and the terms of those elected in November, A. D. 1898, shall expire on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, A. D. 1902, and thereafter all Senators shall be elected for four years.

Article III of amendments to the Constitution of the State of Florida shall be amended so as to read as follows:

Section 9, Article XVIII, of the Constitution is hereby amended so as to read as follows:

Section 9. A general election shall be held in each county in this State on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, A. D. 1898, and every two years thereafter, for all elective State and county officers, whose terms of office are about to expire, or for any elective office that shall have become vacant.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by Joint Resolution 5 of 1895.
  • The amendment was approved for the ballot on May 29, 1895.[1]

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