On the Ballot: Constitutional Amendments

Florida voters will have six proposed constitutional amendments on their ballots in November. Four of the amendments were put on the ballot by citizen initiative and two were put on the ballot by joint resolution of the Florida Legislature.

A citizen initiative is a way for Florida’s citizens to propose amendments to the State Constitution. To place an amendment on the ballot, the signatures equal to 8 percent of the total number of votes cast in the last presidential election in Florida must be collected. For the 2020 ballot, 766,200 signatures were required. Each signature must be verified by the Supervisor of Elections in the county where the voter who signed the petition is registered. For more, see Laws governing the initiative process in Florida.

A joint resolution is the way the Florida Legislature proposes amendments to the State Constitution. It must pass each chamber by a three-fifths vote. Joint resolutions do not require the approval of the governor.

Below is a brief explanation of each amendment on the 2020 ballot, the supporters and opponents I was able to identify, and where you can find more information.

My primary sources were the Florida Division of Elections for bill texts and analyses, the League of Women Voters of Florida (LWVF) for interpretations, supporters and opponents. I also watched the Amendments Forum organized by Collier Citizens Council, which presented pros and cons, and conducted Google searches.

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