Abortion rights amendment on track for 1.4 million signatures by New Year’s

Floridians Protecting Freedom has until Feb. 1 to gather about 891,000 verified petition signatures.

The political committee behind a proposed abortion rights amendment said it will have submitted 1.4 million petition signatures by the end of the year.

“Floridians have shown that they want to see this initiative on the ballot,” Floridians Protecting Freedom Campaign Director Lauren Brenzel said in a news release.

“We’re doing a final push and asking everyone who has not yet signed and submitted their petition to get them into the campaign by December 22nd. The state has until February 1st, 2024, to validate petitions and we’re confident we’re going to submit enough petitions to get on the ballot.”

In a separate statement, Senate Democratic Leader Lauren Book said “it’s clear our campaign to give power to the people is on track to win back our rights.”

She added, “The momentum of grassroots organizing efforts across the state — which have earned signatures from Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike — shows that despite out-of-touch abortion bans ushered forth by extremist politicians, women’s rights to privacy, health care, and reproductive freedom are something voters everywhere can and will unite behind.”

The abortion rights referendum, if it makes the ballot and earns at least 60% support in the November 2024 election, would prohibit any law limiting the ability to obtain an abortion before fetal viability — generally between 20 and 25 weeks into a term — or if an abortion is “necessary to protect the patient’s health, as determined by the patient’s health care provider.”

Florida currently has a 15-week abortion ban. The ban could tighten to six weeks if the state Supreme Court rejects a legal challenge arguing that the 15-week ban violates the state constitution’s right to privacy clause.

To make the ballot, proposed constitutional amendments must gather 892,523 verified petition signatures — a number tied to 8% of voter turnout in the most recent Presidential Election. Amendments must also hit the 8% threshold in a majority of Florida’s 28 congressional districts.

Floridians Protecting Freedom has 753,762 verified petition signatures and has crossed the threshold in eight congressional districts according to the most recent data from the state Division of Elections, which is updated weekly.

The campaign had raised more than $8.9 million through the end of the third quarter and has poured most of the money into signature-gathering efforts. It started October with about $118,000 in the bank.

Floridians Protecting Freedom said voters who want to submit a petition signature can mail them in to Post Office Box 4068, Sarasota, Fla. 34230. The petition form is available on the committee’s website.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


  • Marvin M.

    December 19, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    Thank you author Drew Wilson for including link to committee’s website. I’ll be using it.
    This is democracy in action.

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Expert on Political Matters" American

    December 19, 2023 at 8:15 pm

    Good evening America,
    Our initial review of the signatures indicates a minimum of 74.37% to be fradulant.
    We will keep you updated as additional information comes in.

    • Remember, the people rule!

      December 20, 2023 at 12:25 am

      Doubtful they’re “fradulant,” but definitely they’re not fraudulent! Each signature is verified by county Supervisors of Election, so if sufficient numbers are submitted by February 1, there should be a vote of the people. That’s a good thing.

  • Michael K

    December 19, 2023 at 11:50 pm


  • Sonja Fitch

    December 20, 2023 at 4:10 am

    Omg. Floridians proving again and again common good! Equality goes for All Americans and FLORIDIANS! trumpers.yes you Desantis, COMMON GOOD ! Get out Desantis!

  • Curious

    December 20, 2023 at 6:37 am

    Did I miss something? It was my understanding that the AG had a challenge to language in this measure and I had not heard if her argument was denied.

  • Dont Say FLA

    December 22, 2023 at 4:52 pm

    They could get all the signatures in the world, but as long as a G0P super majority controls Florida, it ain’t happening, not no matter what. Gotta get rid of the G0Ps first. Vote ’em all out.

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