Constitution of 1885

Delegates convened in June 1885 to revise Florida’s state constitution. The existing constitution had been in effect since 1868, when it was adopted as part of Florida’s reentry into the United States following the Civil War. The 1885 constitution legitimized poll taxes as a prerequisite for voting, which ultimately disproportionately disenfranchised African Americans and many poor whites.

Constitution of 1885


incurred by this Convention.

Section 4. The President is authorized on behalf of this Convention to issue certificates signed by himself and countersigned by the Secretary, to each of the members, payable to himself or his order, bearing interest at the rate of eight per cent. per annum from date, for the amount remaining due on account of the deficiency of the Legislative appropriation for expenses of this Convention.

Section 5. The Legislature shall make an appropriation at its next session to pay said certificates.

Section 6. Be it further ordained, That the Secretary of this Convention be and he is hereby authorized to audit the accounts of the members of all other expenses.