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Article III, Section 16

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Creates fifteen member commission replacing legislature to apportion single-member legislative and congressional districts in the year following each decennial census. Establishes non-partisan method of appointment to commission. Disqualifies certain persons for membership to avoid partiality. Limits commission members from seeking office under plan for four years after service on commission. Requires ten votes for commission action. Requires Florida Supreme Court to apportion districts if commission fails to file a valid plan.

Committee for Fair Elections
1720 South Gadsden Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301-0000
(850) 222-3883
  Contact: Ben Wilcox, Chairperson

Statewide total needed for judicial and financial impact review (signed by 25% of voters required by s. 3, Art. XI of the State Constitution in one-half of the congressional districts): 61,113 
Statewide total needed to make ballot position (signed by 8% of the voters in at least one-half of Florida's congressional districts and in the state as whole as of the last presidential election): 611,009 
Statewide total currently valid: 689,325*
Congressional district totals needed for judicial and economic reviews and ballot placement, with currently valid signatures: View by District by County
*Statewide and congressional district totals for ballot position are NOT OFFICAL until the Secretary of State determines the requisite signatures have been obtained and issues a certificate of ballot position. Once an initiative petition is certified for ballot position, total currently valid may exceed the official totals at time of certification. For status on ballot position, see Status Table below.
To find out the signature threshold required in each Congressional District for review and ballot position, the current number of verified signatures in each Congressional District by county, and how many Congressional Districts may have met or exceeded signature thresholds, click the link above titled "View by District by County".

Status: Removed
Approval Date: 03/23/2005 
Undue Burden:  
Made Review: 08/26/2005 
Attorney General: 08/30/2005 
Sent to Supreme Court: 09/30/2005 
Supreme Court Ruling: Unconstitutional :  Does not comply with the single-subject requirement of article XI, section 3 of the Florida Constitution and that the ballot summary is misleading and does not comply with section 101.161(1), F.S. (2005).  
SC Ruling Date: 03/23/2006 
Made Ballot: 01/26/2006 
Ballot Number: 5  
Election Year: 2006 

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