Florida Redistricting, Amendment 6 (1942)

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The Florida Redistricting Amendment, also known as Amendment 6, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was defeated by voters in the general election on November 3, 1942.

This amendment sought to modify Article VII, Section 3, of the Florida Constitution to provide for 40 Senate districts and redistricting every 10 years.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 6 (1942)
Defeatedd No39,72760.90%
Yes 25,509 39.10%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1941-1942)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Question 6

Constitutional Amendment
Article VII,

Section 3

To amend Section 3 of Article VII of the Florida Constitution relating to census and apportionment, providing that in the 1925 regular session of the Legislature and in each regular session every ten years thereafter, representation in the Senate shall be reapportioned to provide for forty senatorial districts as nearly equal in population as practical and that Broward County shall constitute the 39th senatorial district and that Calhoun and Gulf Counties shall constitute the 40th senatorial districts.[2][3]

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 forty (40) 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; provided that Broward County, Florida, shall constitute the Thirty-ninth (39th) Senatorial District, and Calhoun County, Florida, and Gulf County, Florida, shall constitute the Fortieth (40th) Senatorial District; 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, whichever shall have taken nearest any apportionment of Representatives in the Senate and in the House of Representatives, shall control in making 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 mandatorily 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 as Committee Substitute for House Joint Resolution 1801 of 1941.
  • The amendment was approved by the Governor on June 7, 1941.
  • The amendment was filed in Office Secretary of State on June 9, 1941.[1]

See also

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-3-42"
  2. The Miami News, "Sample Ballot," November 1, 1942
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.