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Major News Announcement!!!
There are 6 questions on the ballot that involves Sarasota County. It's important that you know about one destructive questions
The most dangerous question is about citizen initiated petitions.
As citizens of Sarasota County, we can put questions on the ballot to amend our local constitution called the Sarasota County Charter.
To do so, we need to create the legal language and then gather signatures on petitions from 5% of the registered voters of Sarasota County.
In 2018, that means getting about 15,000 signatures on individual petitions (300,000 registered voters times 5%). As our population grows, the required amount of signatures will also grow. There is no timeline or required schedule to gather these signatures.
The County Commission (yes, our elected officials) to restrict citizens from placing questions on the ballot. They want to change the required signatures to 10% (30,000 signatures based on today's registrations) and limit when it can be gathered (day after general election) and how long it can be gathered (about 18 months). Imagine trying to get 30,000 signatures in 18 months! Impossible!
Impossible is the county commissioners intent. The county commissioners (Maio, Moran, Detert, Hines and Caraguilo) were angered about 3 citizen ballot amendments that challenged their decisions (Beach Road, Selling of parks and Single Member districts). The county commission wants to stop further citizen petitions.
on restrictions of Citizen Initiated Petitions