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§ 104.186 Initiative petitions; violations.


A person who compensates a petition circulator as defined in s. 97.021 based on the number of petition forms gathered commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. This section does not prohibit employment relationships that do not base payment on the number of signatures collected.


Added by Laws 2019, c. 2019-64, § 4, eff. June 7, 2019.

Editors’ Notes:

Laws 2019, c. 2019-64, § 6, provides: “The provisions of this act apply to all revisions or amendments to the State Constitution by initiative that are proposed for the 2020 election ballot and each ballot thereafter; provided, however, that nothing in this act affects the validity of any petition form gathered before the effective date of this act [June 7, 2019] or any contract entered into before the effective date of this act [June 7, 2019].”

Definition [Ballot]

As used in the Electronic Voting Systems Act, ballot means the card, tape, or other vehicle upon which the elector’s choices are recorded. Fla. Stat. § 101.5603(2).

Definition [Person]

An individual or a corporation, association, firm, partnership, joint venture, joint stock company, club, organization, estate, trust, business trust, syndicate, or other combination of individuals having collective capacity. The term includes a political party, affiliated party committee, or political committee. Fla. Stat. § 106.011(14).

Definition [Election]

Any primary election, special primary election, special election, general election, or presidential preference primary election. Fla. Stat. § 97.021(12).