It’s Do or Die for Florida’s Ballot Initiatives: what could be on the ballot in November 2024 | Opportunity For All Floridians

It’s Do or Die for Florida’s Ballot Initiatives: what could be on the ballot in November 2024

You probably know that in order for a statewide constitutional amendment to be passed by Florida’s voters, more than 60% of Florida’s voters must vote “yes.” But before these amendments even reach the ballot, they face significant hurdles. Florida’s unique approach to citizen-led ballot initiatives places a significant burden on the grassroots movements trying to add amendments to our state constitution.

Signature Requirements:

To place a proposed amendment by initiative on the general election ballot, advocates must gather signatures from eight percent of the voters participating in the last presidential election, spanning at least 14 of Florida’s 28 congressional districts. The last General Election in 2020, a presidential election year, set the bar at an ambitious 891,523 signatures.

The Deadline:

Grassroots committees trying to place amendments on the ballot must have reached these signature requirements by February 1, 2024. And since there is a significant amount of time required to verify all the signatures, most of these committees are trying to reach their goals by the end of December 2023.

Ongoing Initiatives Racing Against the Clock:

As these deadlines loom, several major ballot initiatives are racing against time to secure the required signatures. These initiatives cover a spectrum of issues, each aiming to address fundamental concerns shared by Floridians. Here are three of the most prominent initiatives, along with where they stand:

1. The Right to Clean Water:

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One of the significant initiatives gaining traction is the proposal for the right to clean water. Advocates argue that access to clean and safe water is a basic human right and are mobilizing communities statewide to support this vital cause. The outcome of this initiative could have profound implications for environmental policies in Florida.

Clean Water Petition Statewide Goal: 891,523

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Do you want to help get this initiative on the ballot? You can download the petition, print it out, and mail it in to the address listed on the form.

Mail to This Address:

FloridaRighttoCleanWater.org
13300 South Cleveland Avenue
Suite 56
Fort Myers, FL 33907

2. The Right to Adult Personal Use of Marijuana:

Another high-profile initiative focuses on adult personal use of marijuana. As attitudes towards cannabis evolve, proponents of this initiative believe it’s time for Florida to revisit its stance on marijuana use. If successful, this initiative could reshape Florida’s approach to cannabis legislation and potentially contribute to a broader national conversation.

Adult Personal Use of Marijuana Petition Statewide Goal: 891,523

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Do you want to help get this initiative on the ballot? You can download the petition, print it out, and mail it in to the address listed on the form.

Mail to This Address:

Smart and Safe Florida
1400 Village Square Blvd, Suite 3-321
Tallahassee, FL 32312

3. Amendment to Limit Government Interference in Abortion:

In the realm of reproductive rights, an amendment seeks to limit government interference in abortion. This initiative is part of a broader national conversation on a woman’s right to choose, and its success could send a powerful message about Florida’s stance on reproductive freedoms.

Limiting Government Interference in Abortion Petition Statewide Goal: 891,523

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Do you want to help get this initiative on the ballot? You can download the petition, print it out, and mail it in to the address listed on the form.

Mail to This Address:

Floridians Protecting Freedom, Inc.
Post Office Box 4068
Sarasota, FL 34230

Challenges Faced by Initiatives:

Beyond the signature requirements, these initiatives encounter various challenges. Well-funded opposition, legal hurdles, and the polarized nature of some issues pose significant obstacles. Navigating these challenges requires not only grassroots support but strategic and resilient advocacy.

Florida’s ballot initiatives are at a critical juncture, with advocates working fervently to meet the stringent signature requirements. As the February 1 deadline approaches, the fate of these initiatives hangs in the balance. Come November 2024, Floridians may find themselves voting on crucial matters that could reshape the state’s policies on clean water, marijuana, and reproductive rights. But voters will only get a chance to vote on these initiatives if they reach the stringest petition requirements in time. Whether they do or not will reflect the strength of citizen-led democracy in the Sunshine State. It’s truly a do-or-die moment for Florida’s ballot initiatives.

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