Our initial project is underway – quantitative testing among Florida voters to measure their understanding of a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution.

Here’s the amendment, exactly as it will appear on the ballot in November. See if you can figure out what it means:

In establishing congressional and legislative district boundaries or plans, the state shall apply federal requirements and balance and implement the standards in the State Constitution. The state shall take into consideration the ability of racial and language minorities to participate in the political process and elect candidates of their choice, and communities of common interest other than political parties may be respected and promoted, both without subordination to any other provision of Article III of the State Constitution. Districts and plans are valid if the balancing and implementation of standards is rationally related to the standards contained in the State Constitution and is consistent with federal law.


Top line research results indicate that 83% (!) of Florida voters do not understand this amendment and have no idea how it will affect their communities.

(A link to the final research report will be posted here
as soon as it is available.)


Once the research results are available, we will publish them and request that the amendment is re-written
or withdrawn.