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‘Keep Our Constitution Clean’ gets boost

One of the proposals would require voters to approve constitutional amendments twice.

A political committee seeking to make it harder to amend the Florida Constitution received $816,000 in in-kind and cash contributions last month, with most of the aid going toward the collection of petition signatures, according to a newly filed finance report.

The committee, Keep Our Constitution Clean PC, has filed two ballot proposals that, if ultimately approved by voters, would make it harder to amend the Constitution.

One of the proposals would require voters to approve constitutional amendments twice — instead of once — for them to take effect.

As of Tuesday, 5,145 valid petition signatures had been submitted to the state for that proposal, according to the Florida Division of Elections website.

The other proposal that the committee has filed would require two-thirds of voters — rather than the current 60 percent — to approve constitutional amendments.

Only one valid signature had been submitted to the Division of Elections for that proposal as of Tuesday.

The new finance report shows the $816,000 in contributions coming last month from the nonprofit Keep Our Constitution Clean, Inc.

The nonprofit and political committee are based in Fort Lauderdale and share leaders, records show.

Of the contributions in July, about $791,000 were described as in-kind contributions of petition gathering, according to the finance report.

To get a measure on the 2020 ballot, the committee would need to submit at least 766,200 valid petition signatures to the state.

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Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

The News Service of Florida provides journalists, lobbyists, government officials and other civic leaders with comprehensive, objective information about the activities of state government year-round.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Mz info

    August 14, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Rediculous for voters to be expected to vote twice…and waste of $ to put it on ballot twice.

    Not only that, but it degrades the voice of our Republic… The government shouldn’t have to ask us twice.

    Fundamentally, this doesn’t make sense… especially with Florida’s closed primary system

    Not a fan of balloting constitutional amendments in general elections, but balloting them twice surely isn’t the best answer we can come up with

    They should make us vote on this twice lol

  2. Jon

    August 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Given Florida’s history of putting confusing amendments & bills on the ballot that mislead voters, this may be a way to thoroughly educate the public more on the issue. A lot of voters do not even know about the amendment or bill when they enter the polling booth. A good example is last years bill eliminating dog racing in Florida. I believe the ballot was confusing to a lot of voters on that issue as was returning voting rights to ex-convicts.

  3. Lauren Sicherman

    August 17, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    The constitution is serious and should require education for ballot amendments so that folks know what they are voting for!

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