Ditchmen • NUCA of Florida July/August 2019 - Page 15
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FOUR BALLOT PROPOSALS TOP 300,000 SIGNATURES
Sprinting to submit enough petition signatures to
get on the November 2020 ballot, backers of four
proposed constitutional amendments have topped
300,000 valid signatures reported to the state
Division of Elections. As of Tuesday, a proposed
constitutional amendment that would gradually
increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour
had 372,879 valid signatures. It was followed by a
proposal that would revamp the state’s primary-
election system. That proposal had 355,805 valid
signatures reported to the Division of Elections.
The third-highest total, 350,808 valid signatures,
was reported for a proposal that would overhaul
and deregulate the state’s electric-utility industry.
A proposal that would change a provision in the
state Constitution about the citizenship of voters
had 303,675 valid signatures. To get on the 2020
ballot, each of the proposals would need at least
766,200 valid signatures. Political committees
supporting the proposals submit petition
signatures to county supervisors of elections, who
verify the legitimacy of the signatures. Supervisors
then report the numbers of valid signatures to
the state. In addition to needing to meet the
766,200-signature threshold, the committees
also will need approval from the Florida Supreme
Court of the wording of their ballot proposals.
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