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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: 61,113 
Statewide total needed to make ballot position: 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 an initiative petition is certified to have made ballot. 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.
Two signature thresholds must first be met for ballot position: 1) statewide total [8 percent of the votes cast in the last presidential election], and 2) Congressional District signature totals in at least 14 of Florida's 27 Congressional Districts [8 percent of the votes cast in each Congressional District in the last presidential election]. See section 3, Article XI, Fla. Const., section 100.371, Fla. Stat.
A Congressional District may consist of one or more counties and a county may be part of more than one congressional district. 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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