Florida Amendment 1: Changing “Every citizen” to “Only a citizen”

On November 3, 2020, Florida voters will not only be voting on who they would like to see be their next President of the United States, their next Congressperson, or their next State Senator or State House Rep, there are 6 amendments. The amendments would change Florida’s Constitution if we pass them. They need a 60 percent supermajority of votes for a proposed amendment on the ballot to change the state’s Constitution.

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One such amendment is Amendment 1 which if passed would add language to Florida’s Constitution that one must be a citizen to vote. Section 2 of Article VI of Florida’s Constitution states that “Every citizen of the United States….” and if this amendment passes, it would read, “Only a citizen of the United States….”

On the November 3, 2020 ballot, voters will see Amendment 1 titled “Citizenship Requirement to Vote in Florida Elections” and it reads “This amendment provides that only United States Citizens who are at least eighteen years of age, a permanent resident of Florida, and registered to vote, as provided by law, shall be qualified to vote in a Florida election.”

In reality, there does not seem to be any fundamental difference in the language between “every citizen” or “only a citizen.” We found no one who has expressed opposition to the measure, though Florida Citizen Voters, Inc. has raised over $8 million (cash and in-kind) to get the language on the ballot to change the Florida Constitution with these three words.

The entire theme from Florida Citizen Voters seems to be a threat of illegal aliens or residents who are not a U.S. Citizen voting in Florida elections, yet the current language in the Florida Constitution already bars such people from voting in our public elections.



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