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Seminole County's Charter provides a mechanism for residents to add an initiative amendment to an upcoming election ballot.  Below is the text of the charter, which outlines the proces:

Section 4.2 Home Rule Charter Amendments.

A. Amendments Proposed by Petition.

(1) Amendments to the Home Rule Charter may be proposed by petition signed by a number of electors residing in at least three-fifths (3/5) of the County Commission election districts and of the County as a whole equal to seven and one-half percent (7.5%) of electors qualified to vote in the last preceding general election. Each such proposed amendment shall embrace but one subject and matter directly connected therewith. Each Charter amendment proposed by petition shall be placed on the ballot by resolution of the Board of County Commissioners for the general election occurring in excess of 90 days from the certification by the Supervisor of Elections that the requisite number of signatures has been verified.

(2) The sponsor of a petition amendment shall, prior to obtaining any signatures, submit the text of the proposed amendment to the Supervisor of Elections, with the form on which the signatures will be affixed, and shall obtain the approval of the Supervisor of Elections of such form. The style and requirements of such form shall be specified by ordinance. The beginning date of any petition drive shall commence upon the date of approval by the Supervisor of Elections of the form on which signatures will be affixed, and said drive shall terminate six (6) months after that date. In the event sufficient signatures are not acquired during that six (6) month period, the petition initiative shall be rendered null and void and none of the signatures may be carried over onto another identical or similar petition. The sponsor shall submit signed and dated forms to the Supervisor of Elections and upon submission pay all fees as required by general law. The Supervisor of Elections shall within 60 days verify the signatures thereon.

(3) If approved by a majority of those electors voting on the amendment at the general election, the amendment shall become effective on the date specified in the amendment, or, if not so specified, on January 1 of the succeeding year.


FORMS  (Ord. No. 90-6, § 1, 3-13-90)

(a) The petition form which shall be used for proposed amendments to the Home Rule Charter of Seminole County by the initiative process is attached hereto as Exhibit "A".

(b) The petition form which shall be used for proposing, by initiative, that an ordinance be enacted is attached hereto as Exhibit "B".

(c) The forms referred in this Section are hereby incorporated herein as operative parts of and provisions of this Part.

EXHIBIT "A"

HOME RULE CHARTER OF SEMINOLE COUNTY AMENDMENT PETITION FORM

I am a registered voter of Seminole County and hereby petition the Supervisor of Elections to place substantially the following ballot title and summary relating to the text of the following proposed charter amendment on the ballot in the next election available for such purpose pursuant to Section 4.2A [2] of the Home Rule Charter of Seminole County after final verification of the full number of signatures necessary by the Supervisor of Elections.

A. TITLE: (Insert TITLE of Amendment/title not to exceed 15 words)

B. SUMMARY: (Insert summary of measure to be voted upon. Said summary not to exceed 75 words.) (EXAMPLE: Shall there be an amendment to the Home Rule Charter of Seminole County as follows: …?)

C. TEXT: (The full text of the Amendment should be inserted here or attached to the petition.)

Voter's Name as registered in Supervisor of Election's Residence Precinct of Office:_____

Place of Residence:

Street _____

City, Zip Code _____

Voting Precinct Number: _____

Date of Signature: _____

Printed Name: _____

Signature: _____


EXHIBIT "B"

SEMINOLE COUNTY INITIATED ORDINANCE PETITION FORM

I am a registered voter of Seminole County and hereby petition, pursuant to Section 2.2H [4] of the Home Rule Charter of Seminole County, the Board of County Commissioners of Seminole County to enact the ordinance on file with the Supervisor of Elections for Seminole County or amend or repeal an existing ordinance of Seminole County as detailed in a proposed ordinance on file with the Supervisor of Elections for Seminole County said new, amending or repealing ordinance relating to the following subject and matter:

A. TITLE: (Insert TITLE of Ordinance)

B. TEXT: (The full text of the Ordinance should be inserted here or attached to the petition.)

If the Board of County Commissioners does not enact the Ordinance after a sufficient number of electors have signed the petition, then I petition the Board of County Commissioners to call a referendum election on the Ordinance in accordance with Section 2.2H of the Home Rule Charter of Seminole County.

Voter's Name as registered in Supervisor of Election's Office:_____

Place of Residence:

Street _____

City, Zip Code _____

Voting Precinct Number: _____

Date of Signature _____