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Florida Redistricting, Amendment 4 (1924)

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The Florida Redistricting Amendment, also known as Amendment 4, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 4, 1924.

This amendment modified Article VII of the Florida Constitution to provide for 33 senatorial districts and a system for representatives based on county population.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 4 (1924)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 38,139 73.00%
No14,10827.00%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1923-1924)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

To amend Section 3, Article 7, of the Constitution of the state of Florida relative to census and apportionment, providing for the creation of 33 Senatorial Districts, each to be represented by one Senator, and providing for three Representatives in the House of Representatives from each of the five most populous counties; two Representatives from each of the next 18 most populous counties, and one Representative from each of the remaining counties of the state at the time of the apportionment by the legislature, and to compel such apportionment to be made in 1925, and a reapportionment upon such basis to be made every 10 years thereafter.[2]

Constitutional changes

Section 3. The Legislature that shall meet in regular session A. D. 1925, and those that shall meet every ten years thereafter, shall apportion the representation in the Senate, and shall provide for thirty-eight (38) Senatorial Districts, such Districts to be as nearly equal in population as practicable, but no county shall be divided in making such apportionment, and each District shall have one senator; and, at the same time, the Legislature shall also apportion the Representation in the House of Representatives, and shall allow three (3) Representatives to each of the five most populous counties, and two (2) Representatives to each of the next eighteen more populous counties, and one Representative to each of the remaining counties of the State at the time of such apportionment. Should the Legislature fail to apportion the Representation in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, at any regular session of the Legislature at any of the times herein designated, it shall be the duty of the Legislature or Legislatures succeeding such regular session of the Legislature, either in special or regular session, to apportion the Representation in the Senate and in the House of Representatives as herein provided. The preceding regular Federal or regular State Census, which ever shall have been taken nearest any apportionment of Representatives in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, shall control in making any such apportionment. In the event the Legislature shall fail to reapportion the representation in the Legislature as required by this amendment, the governor shall (within thirty days after the adjournment of the regular session), call the Legislature together in extraordinary session to consider the question of reapportionment and such extraordinary session of the Legislature is hereby mandatory required to reapportion the representation as required by this amendment before its adjournment (and such extraordinary session so called for reapportionment shall not be limited to expire at the end of twenty days or at all, until reapportionment is effected, and shall consider no business other than such reapportionment).[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by Senate Joint Resolution 255 of 1923.[1]

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