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Signature requirements for ballot measures in Florida

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This page details signature requirements for statewide ballot measures in Florida.
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To place a constitutional amendment on the ballot, proponents must collect signatures equal to 8% of the total number of votes cast in the last Presidential election. To place a call for a constitutional convention on the ballot, proponents must collect signatures equal 15% of that total.

Year Amendment Convention
2016 683,149 1,271,127
2014 683,149 1,271,127
2012 676,811 1,267,449
2010 676,811 1,267,449
2008 611,009 1,145,642

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Florida Constitution, Article XI, Section 3-4

Basis of calculation

  • 2013-2016: In 2012, 8,474,179 Florida voters cast a presidential vote, providing the signature requirements for ballot measures until the 2016 presidential election.
  • 2009-2012: In Florida, 8,460,133 voters cast a presidential vote in 2008, setting the basis for signature requirement calculation until after the 2012 presidential election. .[1]

Geographical distribution

See also: Distribution requirement

Proponents must obtain signatures equaling at least 8% of the district-wide vote (in the most recent presidential election) in at least half (14) of the state's 27 congressional districts.

DocumentIcon.jpg See law: Florida Constitution, Article XI, Section 3

Signature deadlines

The deadline for signatures to be certified by the Florida Secretary of State in order to qualify initiatives and constitutional amendments for the Florida ballot is set by law to be February 1, 2014. Petitioners must submit signatures long enough before this date to allow state elections officials to validate the signatures. State officials are allowed a maximum of 30 days to investigate signatures.[2]

2012

See also: Petition drive deadlines, 2012

The deadline to submit signatures for an initiated constitutional amendment on the 2012 ballot in Florida was February 1, 2012.[3]

Local recall

See also: Laws governing recall in Florida

Signatures must be collected at two points in the recall process in Florida, once before the recall target has provided a 200-word defense and one after that.

First round of signatures

The number of signatures required to force a local recall election in Florida varies depending on the number of registered voters residing in the relevant political subdivision (city, district or charter county), as per this chart:

Number of registered voters in jurisdiction Signature requirement
Fewer than 500 50 registered voters, or 10%
500-1,999 100 registered voters, or 10%, whichever is greater
2,000-4,999 250 registered voters, or 10%, whichever is greater
5,000-9,999 500 registered voters, or 10%, whichever is greater
10,000-24,999 1,000 registered voters, or 10%, whichever is greater
25,000 or more 1,000 registered voters, or 5%, whichever is greater

Second round of signatures

If the first set of signatures is found to be sufficient, the recall target is then invited to write a statement of defense. This must be done within 5 days of the time that it is determined that the initial signatures were sufficient. If the recall target provides a defense statement, the clerk of the relevant jurisdiction creates a document known as a "Recall Petition and Defense." Once this document is created and provided to the recall committee, the recall committee must then collect more signatures, equalling "15% of the electors" in the relevant jurisdiction within 60 days after the time that the "Recall Petition and Defense" was delivered by the jurisdiction's clerk to the chair of the recall committee.

Once collected, the second set of signatures are given to the county's supervisor of elections, along with 10 cents for each name to be checked.

The supervisor of elections must inspect the second set of signatures within 30 days.

See also

2012

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