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State of Florida

History of Reform Efforts: Florida

Altering Selection Methods

Selection methods and term lengths for Florida judges are prescribed in the state's constitution. Thus, any changes must occur through constitutional amendment. Amendments may be proposed by the legislature or by initiative. Legislative proposals require agreement of three fifths of the members of each house and approval by a majority of voters. Proposals by initiative petition require signatures from a number of electors in each of one half of the state's congressional districts, and of the state as a whole, equal to 8% of the votes cast in each district, and in the state as a whole, in the most recent presidential election. Amendments propsed by initiative must be approved by two thirds of voters.