Any resident of Tallahassee can propose an amendment to the city charter. This process has several steps:
Visit our Political Committee and Party page for information on how to create a political committee and file campaign finance reports.
Political committees must file reports using the campaign finance reporting system.
You will need to write the full text of your proposed amendment. We cannot help you write it. You may want to work with an attorney to assist you.
Your petition form should contain the following information:
We cannot design the form for you. However, we can review the form with you before you begin circulating it to collect signatures.
Any voter residing in Tallahassee can sign your petition. Each voter can only sign once.
For the 2022 Election Cycle, you must have at least 14,020 valid petitions verified. This is 10% of the number of voters in Tallahassee in the last General Election.
Some petitions you gather may not be valid. We recommend that you gather at least 16,123 to allow for rejected petitions.
You can mail the completed petitions to our office or drop them off in-person during normal business hours. We recommend that you submit all the petitions at one time.
You must submit your initial batch of petitions by noon, May 25, 2022.
If your initial batch of petitions does not contain sufficient valid petitions, you can submit additional petitions until noon, June 30, 2022.
You must pay a $0.40 fee for each petition verification. We cannot start petition verification until the fee is paid.
If you are unable to pay the cost of verification, you can file an Affidavit of Undue Burden to waive the verification fees. However, if you file an undue burden you cannot pay people to circulate your petition. Also, at the end of the campaign before you dispose of any remaining campaign funds, you must reimburse us for the cost of petition verification if sufficient funds remain.
We reject a petition as invalid if:
Once enough valid signatures have been verified, we will pause any further verification and notify you and the City Commission.
Rather than have each petition verified, you can request to use the “random sampling” verification method. In random sampling, we do not verify each petition. Instead, we will verify a sample of 100 petitions. If there are issues with the first batch of 100 petitions, we will verify additional batches.
You must submit at least 16,123 petitions to use random sampling.
Random sampling may save you funds. You only need to pay the signature verification fee for the batches of ballots that we verify.