The current situation
Currently in Polk County, citizens across the county vote on
each of our five Commissioners. This forces candidates to campaign in every
corner of the county, no matter how far from the district they will represent.
This allows big money and special interest groups in four districts to
influence the outcome in the fifth.
Some refer to current Polk County system as “At-Large.” This
is not a true description. In an at-large system the representatives are
elected by all the voters of the city, county or other entity to represent the
entire entity. But in Polk Co. each commissioner represents just one district.
The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
guarantees one man, one vote. And it provides equal protection under the law.
Our current system seems to contradict these protections.
What we’re advocating
Only the voters of their district should elect their
district commissioner. Previously in Osceola County for example, citizens
resorted to suing their county because their system used the same procedure as
what is currently in place in Polk County. The Court ruled Osceola had to
change their system.
Polk Citizens for Single Member Districts aims to bring this
issue to our ballot for the November 2014 election by submitting 25,000 signed
Why do we want Single Member Districts?
- Reduce costs of campaigns.
- More potential candidates.
- Levels playing field financially.
- Representation focused on needs of district.
- Reduces the power of special interest groups and
- Campaign targets approximately 70,000 district voters
instead of 351,000 county-wide voters.
Why we’re taking these steps
- Commissioners can be out of touch with the needs of
- Commissioners don’t have to be responsive to
voters in their district because there are more voters outside their district
than in the one single district they will represent.
- The current system may not represent you well and it
is too costly.
- Ordinary citizens are hampered in running for
commissioner because the costs are extremely high to run county wide.
- Special interests have money to support
county-wide candidates; ordinary citizens don’t.
How you can help
Sign a petition today. This will help allow the issue to be placed on the November
Ask your friends and neighbors to sign a petition
Contribute to the cause: a small donation and
sharing your time as a volunteer will go a long way to helping us reach our