Bill Text: FL S7066 | 2019 | Regular Session | Enrolled


Bill Title: Election Administration

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (? 2-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-07-01 - Chapter No. 2019-162 [S7066 Detail]

Download: Florida-2019-S7066-Enrolled.html
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    2         An act relating to election administration; amending
    3         s. 97.012, F.S.; requiring the Secretary of State to
    4         provide signature matching training to certain
    5         persons; amending s. 97.021, F.S.; revising the
    6         definition of the term “voter interface device”;
    7         amending s. 98.077, F.S.; revising deadlines for voter
    8         signature updates for purposes of vote-by-mail and
    9         provisional ballots; providing an exception; amending
   10         s. 98.0981, F.S.; revising the voter threshold
   11         necessary to require the reporting of certain
   12         precinct-level results by ballot; amending s. 99.063,
   13         F.S.; removing a provision requiring certain language
   14         to follow the name of gubernatorial candidates in
   15         specified circumstances; amending s. 100.061, F.S.;
   16         revising the date of the primary election; amending s.
   17         101.015, F.S.; requiring the Department of State to
   18         establish minimum security standards to address chain
   19         of custody of ballots, transport of ballots, and
   20         ballot security; amending s. 101.048, F.S.; requiring
   21         a county canvassing board to review certain
   22         information; providing requirements for the canvassing
   23         and counting of provisional ballots; requiring the
   24         supervisor of elections to process a valid provisional
   25         ballot cure affidavit as a voter signature update;
   26         revising the Provisional Ballot Voter’s Certificate
   27         and Affirmation form; providing a process to cure a
   28         provisional ballot with a signature deficiency;
   29         requiring a supervisor to mail a voter registration
   30         application to an elector in certain circumstances;
   31         amending s. 101.151, F.S.; revising requirements for
   32         department rules governing ballot design; amending s.
   33         101.657, F.S.; requiring sufficient nonpermitting
   34         parking for voters at certain early voting locations;
   35         amending s. 102.031, F.S.; conforming a provision to
   36         changes made by the act; prohibiting the owners or
   37         operators of a location on which a polling place or
   38         early voting site is located from restricting
   39         solicitation in certain areas; amending s. 101.20,
   40         F.S.; authorizing the distribution of sample ballots
   41         by e-mail or mail in lieu of newspaper publication;
   42         amending s. 101.56075, F.S.; authorizing voting to be
   43         conducted using a voter interface device that produces
   44         a voter-verifiable paper output; amending s. 101.5614,
   45         F.S.; authorizing certain individuals to serve as
   46         witnesses during the ballot duplication process;
   47         amending s. 101.62, F.S.; revising the deadlines by
   48         which requests for vote-by-mail ballots must be
   49         received and by which vote-by-mail ballots shall be
   50         mailed by the supervisor; expanding the period during
   51         which a designee may physically collect a vote-by-mail
   52         ballot; amending s. 101.64, F.S.; requiring the
   53         secrecy envelope included with a vote-by-mail ballot
   54         to include a specified statement; amending s. 101.65,
   55         F.S.; revising requirements for vote-by-mail ballot
   56         instructions; amending s. 101.657, F.S.; requiring a
   57         supervisor to report the total number of vote-by-mail
   58         ballots received at each early voting location;
   59         amending s. 101.68, F.S.; revising the date that
   60         canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots may begin; revising
   61         requirements related to the canvassing and counting of
   62         vote-by-mail ballots; revising the deadline by which
   63         vote-by-mail ballot cure affidavits must be submitted;
   64         requiring the supervisor to process a valid vote-by
   65         mail ballot cure affidavit as a voter signature
   66         update; amending s. 101.69, F.S.; requiring a
   67         supervisor to provide secure drop boxes in specified
   68         locations for an elector to place his or her vote-by
   69         mail ballot; authorizing placement of secure drop
   70         boxes at additional locations, subject to specified
   71         limitations; amending ss. 97.052 and 97.053, F.S.;
   72         revising requirements for the uniform statewide voter
   73         registration application to modify statements an
   74         applicant must affirm; revising terminology regarding
   75         voting rights restoration to conform to the State
   76         Constitution; amending s. 98.045, F.S.; revising
   77         terminology regarding voting rights restoration to
   78         conform to the State Constitution; amending s. 98.075,
   79         F.S.; revising terminology regarding voting rights
   80         restoration to conform to the State Constitution;
   81         requiring the supervisor of elections of the county in
   82         which an ineligible voter is registered to notify the
   83         voter of instructions for seeking restoration of
   84         voting rights pursuant to s. 4, Art. VI of the State
   85         Constitution, in addition to restoration of civil
   86         rights pursuant to s. 8, Art. IV of the State
   87         Constitution; requiring a notice of a registered
   88         voter’s potential ineligibility to include specified
   89         information; creating s. 98.0751, F.S.; requiring the
   90         voting disqualification of certain felons to be
   91         removed and voting rights restored pursuant to s. 4,
   92         Art. VI of the State Constitution; providing that the
   93         voting disqualification arising from specified factors
   94         is not removed unless a person’s civil rights are
   95         restored through the clemency process pursuant to s.
   96         8, Art. IV of the State Constitution; providing
   97         definitions; requiring the Department of State to
   98         review information and make an initial determination
   99         regarding certain credible and reliable information;
  100         requiring the department to forward specified
  101         information to supervisors of elections; requiring the
  102         supervisor of elections to make a final determination
  103         of whether a person who has been convicted of a felony
  104         offense is eligible to register to vote, including if
  105         he or she has completed all the terms of his or her
  106         sentence; authorizing the department to assist the
  107         supervisor of elections with such final determination,
  108         if necessary; requiring specified provisions to be
  109         construed in favor of a voter registrant; amending s.
  110         104.011, F.S.; prohibiting a person from being charged
  111         or convicted for violations regarding false swearing
  112         or submitting false voter registration information
  113         under certain conditions; amending s. 940.061, F.S.;
  114         requiring the Department of Corrections to inform
  115         inmates and offenders of voting rights restoration
  116         pursuant to s. 4, Art. VI of the State Constitution,
  117         in addition to executive clemency and civil rights
  118         restoration; amending s. 944.292, F.S.; conforming a
  119         provision regarding the suspension of civil rights;
  120         amending s. 944.705, F.S.; requiring the Department of
  121         Corrections to include notification of all outstanding
  122         terms of sentence in an inmate’s release documents;
  123         providing an exception to the notification requirement
  124         for inmates who are released to any type of
  125         supervision monitored by the department; amending s.
  126         947.24, F.S.; requiring the Florida Commission on
  127         Offender Review, upon the termination of an offender’s
  128         term of parole, control release, or conditional
  129         release, to provide written notification to the
  130         offender of all outstanding terms of sentence;
  131         creating s. 948.041, F.S.; requiring the department,
  132         upon the termination of an offender’s term of
  133         probation or community control, to provide written
  134         notification to the offender of all outstanding terms
  135         of sentence; amending s. 951.29, F.S.; requiring each
  136         county detention facility to provide information on
  137         the restoration of voting rights pursuant to s. 4,
  138         Art. VI of the State Constitution to certain
  139         prisoners; requiring each county detention facility to
  140         provide written notification to certain prisoners of
  141         all outstanding terms of sentence upon release;
  142         creating the Restoration of Voting Rights Work Group
  143         within the Department of State; specifying membership
  144         of the work group; establishing the manner of
  145         appointments and the terms of membership; prescribing
  146         the duties of the work group; requiring the work group
  147         to submit a report to the Legislature by a specified
  148         date; providing for staffing; authorizing
  149         reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses;
  150         providing for expiration of the work group; amending
  151         s. 101.6923, F.S.; revising vote-by-mail ballot
  152         instructions for certain first-time voters; amending
  153         s. 102.031, F.S.; expanding the area in which voter
  154         solicitation is prohibited; authorizing an elector to
  155         photograph his or her own ballot; amending s. 102.141,
  156         F.S.; providing notice requirements for meetings of a
  157         county canvassing board; requiring certain individuals
  158         to wear identification badges during certain periods;
  159         amending s. 102.166, F.S.; modifying certification
  160         requirements for voting systems to require the
  161         functionality to simultaneously sort and count ballot
  162         overvotes and undervotes; revising requirements for
  163         department rules regarding manual recounts of certain
  164         ballots; amending s. 102.168, F.S.; modifying
  165         provisions governing election contests to authorize
  166         judicial review of additional information related to
  167         determining validity of provisional and vote-by-mail
  168         ballot signatures to conform to changes made by the
  169         act; amending s. 104.051, F.S.; providing a penalty
  170         for certain supervisors who willfully violate the
  171         Florida Election Code; providing effective dates.
  172          
  173  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
  174  
  175         Section 1. Subsection (17) is added to section 97.012,
  176  Florida Statutes, to read:
  177         97.012 Secretary of State as chief election officer.—The
  178  Secretary of State is the chief election officer of the state,
  179  and it is his or her responsibility to:
  180         (17)Provide formal signature matching training to
  181  supervisors of elections and county canvassing board members.
  182         Section 2. Effective January 1, 2020, subsection (41) of
  183  section 97.021, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  184         97.021 Definitions.—For the purposes of this code, except
  185  where the context clearly indicates otherwise, the term:
  186         (41) “Voter interface device” means any device that
  187  communicates voting instructions and ballot information to a
  188  voter and allows the voter to select and vote for candidates and
  189  issues. A voter interface device may not be used to tabulate
  190  votes. Any vote tabulation must be based upon a subsequent scan
  191  of the marked marksense ballot or the voter-verifiable paper
  192  output after the voter interface device process has been
  193  completed.
  194         Section 3. Subsection (4) of section 98.077, Florida
  195  Statutes, is amended to read:
  196         98.077 Update of voter signature.—
  197         (4) Except as authorized in ss. 101.048 and 101.68:
  198         (a) All signature updates for use in verifying vote-by-mail
  199  and provisional ballots must be received by the appropriate
  200  supervisor before the elector’s ballot is received by the
  201  supervisor or, in the case of provisional ballots, before the
  202  elector’s ballot is cast of elections no later than the start of
  203  the canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots by the canvassing board.
  204         (b) The signature on file at the time the vote-by-mail
  205  ballot is received or at the time the provisional ballot is cast
  206  start of the canvass of the vote-by-mail ballots is the
  207  signature that shall be used in verifying the signature on the
  208  vote-by-mail and provisional ballot certificates, respectively.
  209         Section 4. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
  210  98.0981, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  211         98.0981 Reports; voting history; statewide voter
  212  registration system information; precinct-level election
  213  results; book closing statistics.—
  214         (2) PRECINCT-LEVEL ELECTION RESULTS.—
  215         (a) Within 30 days after certification by the Elections
  216  Canvassing Commission of a presidential preference primary
  217  election, special election, primary election, or general
  218  election, the supervisors of elections shall collect and submit
  219  to the department precinct-level election results for the
  220  election in a uniform electronic format specified by paragraph
  221  (c). The precinct-level election results shall be compiled
  222  separately for the primary or special primary election that
  223  preceded the general or special general election, respectively.
  224  The results shall specifically include for each precinct the
  225  total of all ballots cast for each candidate or nominee to fill
  226  a national, state, county, or district office or proposed
  227  constitutional amendment, with subtotals for each candidate and
  228  ballot type, unless fewer than 30 10 voters voted a ballot type.
  229  “All ballots cast” means ballots cast by voters who cast a
  230  ballot whether at a precinct location, by vote-by-mail ballot
  231  including overseas vote-by-mail ballots, during the early voting
  232  period, or by provisional ballot.
  233         Section 5. Subsection (4) of section 99.063, Florida
  234  Statutes, is amended to read:
  235         99.063 Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.—
  236         (4) In order to have the name of the candidate for
  237  Lieutenant Governor printed on the primary election ballot, a
  238  candidate for Governor participating in the primary must
  239  designate the candidate for Lieutenant Governor, and the
  240  designated candidate must qualify no later than the end of the
  241  qualifying period specified in s. 99.061. If the candidate for
  242  Lieutenant Governor has not been designated and has not
  243  qualified by the end of the qualifying period specified in s.
  244  99.061, the phrase “Not Yet Designated” must be included in lieu
  245  of the candidate’s name on the primary election ballot.
  246         Section 6. Section 100.061, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  247  read:
  248         100.061 Primary election.—In each year in which a general
  249  election is held, a primary election for nomination of
  250  candidates of political parties shall be held on the Tuesday 11
  251  10 weeks prior to the general election. The candidate receiving
  252  the highest number of votes cast in each contest in the primary
  253  election shall be declared nominated for such office. If two or
  254  more candidates receive an equal and highest number of votes for
  255  the same office, such candidates shall draw lots to determine
  256  which candidate is nominated.
  257         Section 7. Subsection (4) of section 101.015, Florida
  258  Statutes, is amended to read:
  259         101.015 Standards for voting systems.—
  260         (4)(a) The Department of State shall adopt rules
  261  establishing minimum security standards for voting systems. The
  262  standards, at a minimum, must address the following:
  263         1.Chain of custody of ballots, including a detailed
  264  description of procedures to create a complete written record of
  265  the chain of custody of ballots and paper outputs beginning with
  266  their receipt from a printer or manufacturer until such time as
  267  they are destroyed.
  268         2.Transport of ballots, including a description of the
  269  method and equipment used and a detailed list of the names of
  270  all individuals involved in such transport.
  271         3.Ballot security, including a requirement that all
  272  ballots be kept in a locked room in the supervisor’s office, a
  273  facility controlled by the supervisor or county canvassing
  274  board, or a public place in which the county canvassing board is
  275  canvassing votes until needed for canvassing and returned
  276  thereafter.
  277         (b)1. Each supervisor of elections shall establish written
  278  procedures to assure accuracy and security in his or her county,
  279  including procedures related to early voting pursuant to s.
  280  101.657. Such procedures shall be reviewed in each odd-numbered
  281  year by the department of State.
  282         2.(c) Each supervisor of elections shall submit any
  283  revisions to the security procedures to the department of State
  284  at least 45 days before early voting commences pursuant to s.
  285  101.657 in an election in which they are to take effect.
  286         Section 8. Present subsection (6) of section 101.048,
  287  Florida Statutes, is renumbered as subsection (7), subsections
  288  (2), (3), and (5) and present subsection (6) of that section are
  289  amended, and a new subsection (6) is added to that section, to
  290  read:
  291         101.048 Provisional ballots.—
  292         (2)(a) The county canvassing board shall examine each
  293  Provisional Ballot Voter’s Certificate and Affirmation to
  294  determine if the person voting that ballot was entitled to vote
  295  at the precinct where the person cast a vote in the election and
  296  that the person had not already cast a ballot in the election.
  297  In determining whether a person casting a provisional ballot is
  298  entitled to vote, the county canvassing board shall review the
  299  information provided in the Voter’s Certificate and Affirmation,
  300  written evidence provided by the person pursuant to subsection
  301  (1), information provided in any cure affidavit and accompanying
  302  supporting documentation pursuant to subsection (6), any other
  303  evidence presented by the supervisor of elections, and, in the
  304  case of a challenge, any evidence presented by the challenger. A
  305  ballot of a person casting a provisional ballot shall be
  306  canvassed pursuant to paragraph (b) counted unless the
  307  canvassing board determines by a preponderance of the evidence
  308  that the person was not entitled to vote.
  309         (b)1. If it is determined that the person was registered
  310  and entitled to vote at the precinct where the person cast a
  311  vote in the election, the canvassing board must shall compare
  312  the signature on the Provisional Ballot Voter’s Certificate and
  313  Affirmation or the provisional ballot cure affidavit with the
  314  signature on the voter’s registration or precinct register and,
  315  if it matches, shall count the ballot. A provisional ballot may
  316  be counted only if:
  317         1. The signature on the voter’s certificate or the cure
  318  affidavit matches the elector’s signature in the registration
  319  books or the precinct register; however, in the case of a cure
  320  affidavit, the supporting identification listed in subsection
  321  (6) must also confirm the identity of the elector; or
  322         2. The cure affidavit contains a signature that does not
  323  match the elector’s signature in the registration books or the
  324  precinct register, but the elector has submitted a current and
  325  valid Tier 1 form of identification confirming his or her
  326  identity pursuant to subsection (6).
  327  
  328  For purposes of this paragraph, any canvassing board finding
  329  that signatures do not match must be by majority vote and beyond
  330  a reasonable doubt.
  331         2. If it is determined that the person voting the
  332  provisional ballot was not registered or entitled to vote at the
  333  precinct where the person cast a vote in the election, the
  334         (c) Any provisional ballot shall not be counted must and
  335  the ballot shall remain in the envelope containing the
  336  Provisional Ballot Voter’s Certificate and Affirmation and the
  337  envelope shall be marked “Rejected as Illegal.”
  338         (d) If a provisional ballot is validated following the
  339  submission of a cure affidavit, the supervisor must make a copy
  340  of the affidavit, affix it to a voter registration application,
  341  and immediately process it as a valid request for a signature
  342  update pursuant to s. 98.077.
  343         (3) The Provisional Ballot Voter’s Certificate and
  344  Affirmation shall be in substantially the following form:
  345  STATE OF FLORIDA
  346  COUNTY OF ....
  347         I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that my name is ....; that
  348  my date of birth is ....; that I am registered and qualified to
  349  vote in .... County, Florida; that I am registered in the ....
  350  Party; that I am a qualified voter of the county; and that I
  351  have not voted in this election. I understand that if I commit
  352  any fraud in connection with voting, vote a fraudulent ballot,
  353  or vote more than once in an election, I can be convicted of a
  354  felony of the third degree and fined up to $5,000 and/or
  355  imprisoned for up to 5 years. Further, by providing my
  356  information below, I authorize the use of e-mail, text message,
  357  and telephone call for the limited purpose of signature and
  358  ballot validation.
  359  ...(Printed Name of Voter)...
  360  ...(Signature of Voter)...
  361  ...(Current Residence Address)...
  362  ...(Current Mailing Address)...
  363  ...(City, State, Zip Code)...
  364  ...(Driver License Number or Last Four Digits of Social Security
  365  Number)...
  366  ...(E-Mail Address)...
  367  ...(Home Telephone Number)...
  368  ...(Mobile Telephone Number)...
  369  Sworn to and subscribed before me this .... day of ........,
  370  ...(year)....
  371  ...(Election Official)...
  372  Precinct # ....	Ballot Style/Party Issued: ....
  373         (5) Each person casting a provisional ballot shall be given
  374  written instructions regarding the person’s right to provide the
  375  supervisor of elections with written evidence of his or her
  376  eligibility to vote and regarding the free access system
  377  established pursuant to subsection (7) (6). The instructions
  378  must shall contain the supervisor’s contact information along
  379  with information on how to access the system and the information
  380  the voter will need to provide to obtain information on his or
  381  her particular ballot. The instructions shall also include the
  382  following statement: “If this is a primary election, you should
  383  contact the supervisor of elections’ office immediately to
  384  confirm that you are registered and can vote in the general
  385  election.”
  386         (6)(a)As soon as practicable, the supervisor shall, on
  387  behalf of the county canvassing board, attempt to notify an
  388  elector who has submitted a provisional ballot that does not
  389  include the elector’s signature or contains a signature that
  390  does not match the elector’s signature in the registration books
  391  or precinct register by:
  392         1.Notifying the elector of the signature deficiency by e
  393  mail and directing the elector to the cure affidavit and
  394  instructions on the supervisor’s website;
  395         2.Notifying the elector of the signature deficiency by
  396  text message and directing the elector to the cure affidavit and
  397  instructions on the supervisor’s website; or
  398         3.Notifying the elector of the signature deficiency by
  399  telephone and directing the elector to the cure affidavit and
  400  instructions on the supervisor’s website.
  401  
  402  In addition to the notification required under subparagraph 1.,
  403  subparagraph 2., or subparagraph 3., the supervisor must notify
  404  the elector of the signature deficiency by first-class mail and
  405  direct the elector to the cure affidavit and instructions on the
  406  supervisor’s website. Beginning the day before the election, the
  407  supervisor is not required to provide notice of the signature
  408  deficiency by first-class mail, but shall continue to provide
  409  notice as required in subparagraph 1., subparagraph 2., or
  410  subparagraph 3.
  411         (b)Until 5 p.m. on the 2nd day after an election, the
  412  supervisor shall allow an elector who has submitted a
  413  provisional ballot with a signature deficiency to complete and
  414  submit a cure affidavit.
  415         (c)The elector must complete a cure affidavit in
  416  substantially the following form:
  417  
  418                  PROVISIONAL BALLOT CURE AFFIDAVIT                
  419         I, ...., am a qualified voter in this election and a
  420  registered voter of .... County, Florida. I do solemnly swear or
  421  affirm that I voted a provisional ballot and that I have not and
  422  will not vote more than one ballot in this election. I
  423  understand that if I commit or attempt any fraud in connection
  424  with voting, vote a fraudulent ballot, or vote more than once in
  425  an election, I may be convicted of a felony of the third degree,
  426  fined up to $5,000, and imprisoned for up to 5 years. I
  427  understand that my failure to sign this affidavit will
  428  invalidate my ballot.
  429  
  430  ...(Voter’s Signature)...
  431  
  432  ...(Address)...
  433  
  434         (d)Instructions must accompany the cure affidavit in
  435  substantially the following form:
  436  
  437         READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING THE
  438  AFFIDAVIT. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY CAUSE YOUR
  439  BALLOT NOT TO COUNT.
  440  
  441         1.In order to cure the missing signature or the signature
  442  discrepancy on your Provisional Ballot Voter’s Certificate and
  443  Affirmation, your affidavit should be completed and returned as
  444  soon as possible so that it can reach the supervisor of
  445  elections of the county in which your precinct is located no
  446  later than 5 p.m. on the 2nd day after the election.
  447         2.You must sign your name on the line above (Voter’s
  448  Signature).
  449         3.You must make a copy of one of the following forms of
  450  identification:
  451         a.Tier 1 identification.—Current and valid identification
  452  that includes your name and photograph: Florida driver license;
  453  Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway
  454  Safety and Motor Vehicles; United States passport; debit or
  455  credit card; military identification; student identification;
  456  retirement center identification; neighborhood association
  457  identification; public assistance identification; veteran health
  458  identification card issued by the United States Department of
  459  Veterans Affairs; Florida license to carry a concealed weapon or
  460  firearm; or employee identification card issued by any branch,
  461  department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the
  462  state, a county, or a municipality; or
  463         b.Tier 2 identification.—ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A TIER 1
  464  FORM OF IDENTIFICATION, identification that shows your name and
  465  current residence address: current utility bill; bank statement;
  466  government check; paycheck; or government document (excluding
  467  voter information card).
  468         4.Place the envelope bearing the affidavit into a mailing
  469  envelope addressed to the supervisor. Insert a copy of your
  470  identification in the mailing envelope. Mail (if time permits),
  471  deliver, or have delivered the completed affidavit along with
  472  the copy of your identification to your county supervisor of
  473  elections. Be sure there is sufficient postage if mailed and
  474  that the supervisor’s address is correct. Remember, your
  475  information MUST reach your county supervisor of elections no
  476  later than 5 p.m. on the 2nd day following the election or your
  477  ballot will not count.
  478         5.Alternatively, you may fax or e-mail your completed
  479  affidavit and a copy of your identification to the supervisor of
  480  elections. If e-mailing, please provide these documents as
  481  attachments.
  482         6.Submitting a provisional ballot affidavit does not
  483  establish your eligibility to vote in this election or guarantee
  484  that your ballot will be counted. The county canvassing board
  485  determines your eligibility to vote through information provided
  486  on the Provisional Ballot Voter’s Certificate and Affirmation,
  487  written evidence provided by you, including information in your
  488  cure affidavit along with any supporting identification, and any
  489  other evidence presented by the supervisor of elections or a
  490  challenger. You may still be required to present additional
  491  written evidence to support your eligibility to vote.
  492         (e)The department and each supervisor shall include the
  493  affidavit and instructions on their respective websites. The
  494  supervisor shall include his or her office mailing address, e
  495  mail address, and fax number on the page containing the
  496  affidavit instructions, and the department’s instruction page
  497  shall include the office mailing addresses, e-mail addresses,
  498  and fax numbers of all supervisors or provide a conspicuous link
  499  to such addresses.
  500         (f)The supervisor shall attach each affidavit received to
  501  the appropriate provisional ballot envelope containing the
  502  Provisional Ballot Voter’s Certificate and Affirmation.
  503         (7)(a)(6) Each supervisor of elections shall establish a
  504  free access system that allows each person who casts a
  505  provisional ballot to determine whether his or her provisional
  506  ballot was counted in the final canvass of votes and, if not,
  507  the reasons why. Information regarding provisional ballots shall
  508  be available no later than 30 days following the election. The
  509  system established must restrict information regarding an
  510  individual ballot to the person who cast the ballot.
  511         (b)Unless processed as a signature update pursuant to
  512  subsection (2), the supervisor shall mail a voter registration
  513  application to the elector to be completed indicating the
  514  elector’s current signature if the signature on the voter’s
  515  certificate or cure affidavit did not match the elector’s
  516  signature in the registration books or precinct register.
  517         Section 9. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) and subsection
  518  (9) of section 101.151, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
  519         101.151 Specifications for ballots.—
  520         (1)
  521         (b) Polling places and early voting sites may employ a
  522  ballot-on-demand production system to print individual marksense
  523  ballots, including provisional ballots, for eligible electors
  524  pursuant to s. 101.657. Ballot-on-demand technology may be used
  525  to produce marksense vote-by-mail and election-day ballots.
  526         (9)(a) The Department of State shall adopt rules
  527  prescribing a uniform primary and general election ballot for
  528  each certified voting system. The rules shall incorporate the
  529  requirements set forth in this section and shall prescribe
  530  additional matters and forms that include, without limitation:
  531         1. The ballot title followed by clear and unambiguous
  532  ballot instructions and directions limited to a single location
  533  on the ballot, either:
  534         a. Centered across the top of the ballot; or
  535         b. In the leftmost column, with no individual races in that
  536  column unless it is the only column on the ballot;
  537         2. Individual race layout; and
  538         3. Overall ballot layout; and
  539         4. Oval vote targets as the only permissible type of vote
  540  target, except as provided in s. 101.56075.
  541         (b) The department rules must shall graphically depict a
  542  sample uniform primary and general election ballot form for each
  543  certified voting system.
  544         Section 10. Paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of section
  545  101.657, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  546         101.657 Early voting.—
  547         (1)(a) As a convenience to the voter, the supervisor of
  548  elections shall allow an elector to vote early in the main or
  549  branch office of the supervisor. The supervisor shall mark,
  550  code, indicate on, or otherwise track the voter’s precinct for
  551  each early voted ballot. In order for a branch office to be used
  552  for early voting, it shall be a permanent facility of the
  553  supervisor and shall have been designated and used as such for
  554  at least 1 year prior to the election. The supervisor may also
  555  designate any city hall, permanent public library facility,
  556  fairground, civic center, courthouse, county commission
  557  building, stadium, convention center, government-owned senior
  558  center, or government-owned community center as early voting
  559  sites; however, if so designated, the sites must be
  560  geographically located so as to provide all voters in the county
  561  an equal opportunity to cast a ballot, insofar as is
  562  practicable, and must provide sufficient nonpermitted parking to
  563  accommodate the anticipated amount of voters. In addition, a
  564  supervisor may designate one early voting site per election in
  565  an area of the county that does not have any of the eligible
  566  early voting locations. Such additional early voting site must
  567  be geographically located so as to provide all voters in that
  568  area with an equal opportunity to cast a ballot, insofar as is
  569  practicable, and must provide sufficient nonpermitted parking to
  570  accommodate the anticipated amount of voters. Each county shall,
  571  at a minimum, operate the same total number of early voting
  572  sites for a general election which the county operated for the
  573  2012 general election. The results or tabulation of votes cast
  574  during early voting may not be made before the close of the
  575  polls on election day. Results shall be reported by precinct.
  576         Section 11. Paragraph (c) of subsection (4) of section
  577  102.031, Florida Statutes, is amended, and paragraph (e) is
  578  added to that subsection, to read:
  579         102.031 Maintenance of good order at polls; authorities;
  580  persons allowed in polling rooms and early voting areas;
  581  unlawful solicitation of voters.—
  582         (4)
  583         (c) Each supervisor of elections shall inform the clerk of
  584  the area within which soliciting is unlawful, based on the
  585  particular characteristics of that polling place. The supervisor
  586  or the clerk may take any reasonable action necessary to ensure
  587  order at the polling places, including, but not limited to,
  588  having disruptive and unruly persons removed by law enforcement
  589  officers from the polling room or place or from the 150-foot
  590  100-foot zone surrounding the polling place.
  591         (e) The owner, operator, or lessee of the property on which
  592  a polling place or an early voting site is located, or an agent
  593  or employee thereof, may not prohibit the solicitation of voters
  594  outside of the no-solicitation zone during polling hours.
  595         Section 12. Subsection (2) of section 101.20, Florida
  596  Statutes, is amended to read:
  597         101.20 Publication of ballot form; sample ballots.—
  598         (2)(a) Upon completion of the list of qualified candidates,
  599  a sample ballot shall be published by the supervisor of
  600  elections in a newspaper of general circulation in the county,
  601  before the day of election.
  602         (b)In lieu of the publication required under paragraph
  603  (a), a supervisor may send a sample ballot to each registered
  604  elector by e-mail at least 7 days before an election if an e
  605  mail address has been provided and the elector has opted to
  606  receive a sample ballot by electronic delivery. If an e-mail
  607  address has not been provided, or if the elector has not opted
  608  for electronic delivery, a sample ballot may be mailed to each
  609  registered elector or to each household in which there is a
  610  registered elector at least 7 days before an election.
  611         Section 13. Effective January 1, 2020, section 101.56075,
  612  Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  613         101.56075 Voting methods.—For the purpose of designating
  614  ballot selections,
  615         (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), all voting must
  616  shall be by marksense ballot, using utilizing a marking device
  617  or a voter interface device that produces a voter-verifiable
  618  paper output and for the purpose of designating ballot
  619  selections.
  620         (2) Persons with disabilities may vote on a voter interface
  621  device that meets the voting system accessibility requirements
  622  for individuals with disabilities pursuant to s. 301 of the
  623  federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 and s. 101.56062.
  624         (3) By 2020, persons with disabilities shall vote on a
  625  voter interface device that meets the voter accessibility
  626  requirements for individuals with disabilities under s. 301 of
  627  the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002 and s. 101.56062 which
  628  are consistent with subsection (1) of this section.
  629         Section 14. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section
  630  101.5614, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  631         101.5614 Canvass of returns.—
  632         (4)(a) If any vote-by-mail ballot is physically damaged so
  633  that it cannot properly be counted by the automatic tabulating
  634  equipment, a true duplicate copy shall be made of the damaged
  635  ballot in the presence of witnesses and substituted for the
  636  damaged ballot. Likewise, a duplicate ballot shall be made of a
  637  vote-by-mail ballot containing an overvoted race or a marked
  638  vote-by-mail ballot in which every race is undervoted which
  639  shall include all valid votes as determined by the canvassing
  640  board based on rules adopted by the division pursuant to s.
  641  102.166(4). Upon request, a physically present candidate, a
  642  political party official, a political committee official, or an
  643  authorized designee thereof, must be allowed to observe the
  644  duplication of ballots. All duplicate ballots shall be clearly
  645  labeled “duplicate,” bear a serial number which shall be
  646  recorded on the defective ballot, and be counted in lieu of the
  647  defective ballot. After a ballot has been duplicated, the
  648  defective ballot shall be placed in an envelope provided for
  649  that purpose, and the duplicate ballot shall be tallied with the
  650  other ballots for that precinct.
  651         Section 15. Subsection (2) and paragraphs (b) and (c) of
  652  subsection (4) of section 101.62, Florida Statutes, are amended
  653  to read:
  654         101.62 Request for vote-by-mail ballots.—
  655         (2) A request for a vote-by-mail ballot to be mailed to a
  656  voter must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th sixth
  657  day before the election by the supervisor of elections. The
  658  supervisor of elections shall mail vote-by-mail ballots to
  659  voters requesting ballots by such deadline no later than 8 4
  660  days before the election.
  661         (4)
  662         (b) The supervisor of elections shall mail a vote-by-mail
  663  ballot to each absent qualified voter, other than those listed
  664  in paragraph (a), who has requested such a ballot, between the
  665  40th 35th and 33rd 28th days before the presidential preference
  666  primary election, primary election, and general election. Except
  667  as otherwise provided in subsection (2) and after the period
  668  described in this paragraph, the supervisor shall mail vote-by
  669  mail ballots within 2 business days after receiving a request
  670  for such a ballot.
  671         (c) The supervisor shall provide a vote-by-mail ballot to
  672  each elector by whom a request for that ballot has been made by
  673  one of the following means:
  674         1. By nonforwardable, return-if-undeliverable mail to the
  675  elector’s current mailing address on file with the supervisor or
  676  any other address the elector specifies in the request.
  677         2. By forwardable mail, e-mail, or facsimile machine
  678  transmission to absent uniformed services voters and overseas
  679  voters. The absent uniformed services voter or overseas voter
  680  may designate in the vote-by-mail ballot request the preferred
  681  method of transmission. If the voter does not designate the
  682  method of transmission, the vote-by-mail ballot shall be mailed.
  683         3. By personal delivery before 7 p.m. on election day to
  684  the elector, upon presentation of the identification required in
  685  s. 101.043.
  686         4. By delivery to a designee on election day or up to 9 5
  687  days prior to the day of an election. Any elector may designate
  688  in writing a person to pick up the ballot for the elector;
  689  however, the person designated may not pick up more than two
  690  vote-by-mail ballots per election, other than the designee’s own
  691  ballot, except that additional ballots may be picked up for
  692  members of the designee’s immediate family. For purposes of this
  693  section, “immediate family” means the designee’s spouse or the
  694  parent, child, grandparent, or sibling of the designee or of the
  695  designee’s spouse. The designee shall provide to the supervisor
  696  the written authorization by the elector and a picture
  697  identification of the designee and must complete an affidavit.
  698  The designee shall state in the affidavit that the designee is
  699  authorized by the elector to pick up that ballot and shall
  700  indicate if the elector is a member of the designee’s immediate
  701  family and, if so, the relationship. The department shall
  702  prescribe the form of the affidavit. If the supervisor is
  703  satisfied that the designee is authorized to pick up the ballot
  704  and that the signature of the elector on the written
  705  authorization matches the signature of the elector on file, the
  706  supervisor shall give the ballot to that designee for delivery
  707  to the elector.
  708         5. Except as provided in s. 101.655, the supervisor may not
  709  deliver a vote-by-mail ballot to an elector or an elector’s
  710  immediate family member on the day of the election unless there
  711  is an emergency, to the extent that the elector will be unable
  712  to go to his or her assigned polling place. If a vote-by-mail
  713  ballot is delivered, the elector or his or her designee shall
  714  execute an affidavit affirming to the facts which allow for
  715  delivery of the vote-by-mail ballot. The department shall adopt
  716  a rule providing for the form of the affidavit.
  717         Section 16. Subsection (1) of section 101.64, Florida
  718  Statutes, is amended, and subsection (5) is added to that
  719  section, to read:
  720         101.64 Delivery of vote-by-mail ballots; envelopes; form.—
  721         (1) The supervisor shall enclose with each vote-by-mail
  722  ballot two envelopes: a secrecy envelope, into which the absent
  723  elector shall enclose his or her marked ballot; and a mailing
  724  envelope, into which the absent elector shall then place the
  725  secrecy envelope, which shall be addressed to the supervisor and
  726  also bear on the back side a certificate in substantially the
  727  following form:
  728           Note: Please Read Instructions Carefully Before         
  729         Marking Ballot and Completing Voter’s Certificate.        
  730                         VOTER’S CERTIFICATE                       
  731         I, ...., do solemnly swear or affirm that I am a qualified
  732  and registered voter of .... County, Florida, and that I have
  733  not and will not vote more than one ballot in this election. I
  734  understand that if I commit or attempt to commit any fraud in
  735  connection with voting, vote a fraudulent ballot, or vote more
  736  than once in an election, I can be convicted of a felony of the
  737  third degree and fined up to $5,000 and/or imprisoned for up to
  738  5 years. I also understand that failure to sign this certificate
  739  will invalidate my ballot.
  740                                                                  
  741  ...(Date)...                           ...(Voter’s Signature)...
  742  ...(E-Mail Address)...			...(Home Telephone Number)...
  743  ...(Mobile Telephone Number)...
  744         (5)The secrecy envelope must include, in bold font,
  745  substantially the following message:
  746  
  747  IN ORDER FOR YOUR VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT TO COUNT, YOUR SUPERVISOR
  748  OF ELECTIONS MUST RECEIVE YOUR BALLOT BY 7 P.M. ON ELECTION DAY.
  749  IF YOU WAIT TO MAIL YOUR BALLOT, YOUR VOTE MIGHT NOT COUNT. TO
  750  PREVENT THIS FROM OCCURRING, PLEASE MAIL OR TURN IN YOUR BALLOT
  751  AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
  752         Section 17. Section 101.65, Florida Statutes, is amended to
  753  read:
  754         101.65 Instructions to absent electors.—The supervisor
  755  shall enclose with each vote-by-mail ballot separate printed
  756  instructions in substantially the following form; however, where
  757  the instructions appear in capitalized text, the text of the
  758  printed instructions must be in bold font:
  759                  READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY                
  760                       BEFORE MARKING BALLOT.                      
  761         1. VERY IMPORTANT. In order to ensure that your vote-by
  762  mail ballot will be counted, it should be completed and returned
  763  as soon as possible so that it can reach the supervisor of
  764  elections of the county in which your precinct is located no
  765  later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election. However, if you
  766  are an overseas voter casting a ballot in a presidential
  767  preference primary or general election, your vote-by-mail ballot
  768  must be postmarked or dated no later than the date of the
  769  election and received by the supervisor of elections of the
  770  county in which you are registered to vote no later than 10 days
  771  after the date of the election. Note that the later you return
  772  your ballot, the less time you will have to cure any signature
  773  deficiencies, which is authorized until 5 p.m. on the 2nd day
  774  after the election.
  775         2. Mark your ballot in secret as instructed on the ballot.
  776  You must mark your own ballot unless you are unable to do so
  777  because of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write.
  778         3. Mark only the number of candidates or issue choices for
  779  a race as indicated on the ballot. If you are allowed to “Vote
  780  for One” candidate and you vote for more than one candidate,
  781  your vote in that race will not be counted.
  782         4. Place your marked ballot in the enclosed secrecy
  783  envelope.
  784         5. Insert the secrecy envelope into the enclosed mailing
  785  envelope which is addressed to the supervisor.
  786         6. Seal the mailing envelope and completely fill out the
  787  Voter’s Certificate on the back of the mailing envelope.
  788         7. VERY IMPORTANT. In order for your vote-by-mail ballot to
  789  be counted, you must sign your name on the line above (Voter’s
  790  Signature). A vote-by-mail ballot will be considered illegal and
  791  not be counted if the signature on the voter’s certificate does
  792  not match the signature on record. The signature on file at the
  793  time the supervisor of elections in the county in which your
  794  precinct is located receives your vote-by-mail ballot start of
  795  the canvass of the vote-by-mail ballots is the signature that
  796  will be used to verify your signature on the voter’s
  797  certificate. If you need to update your signature for this
  798  election, send your signature update on a voter registration
  799  application to your supervisor of elections so that it is
  800  received before your vote-by-mail ballot is received no later
  801  than the start of the canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots, which
  802  occurs no earlier than the 15th day before election day.
  803         8. VERY IMPORTANT. If you are an overseas voter, you must
  804  include the date you signed the Voter’s Certificate on the line
  805  above (Date) or your ballot may not be counted.
  806         9. Mail, deliver, or have delivered the completed mailing
  807  envelope. Be sure there is sufficient postage if mailed. THE
  808  COMPLETED MAILING ENVELOPE CAN BE DELIVERED TO THE OFFICE OF THE
  809  SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS OF THE COUNTY IN WHICH YOUR PRECINCT IS
  810  LOCATED OR DROPPED OFF AT AN AUTHORIZED SECURE DROP BOX,
  811  AVAILABLE AT EACH EARLY VOTING LOCATION.
  812         10. FELONY NOTICE. It is a felony under Florida law to
  813  accept any gift, payment, or gratuity in exchange for your vote
  814  for a candidate. It is also a felony under Florida law to vote
  815  in an election using a false identity or false address, or under
  816  any other circumstances making your ballot false or fraudulent.
  817         Section 18. Subsection (2) of section 101.657, Florida
  818  Statutes, is amended to read:
  819         101.657 Early voting.—
  820         (2) During any early voting period, each supervisor of
  821  elections shall make available the total number of voters
  822  casting a ballot at each early voting location and the total
  823  number of vote-by-mail ballots received under s. 101.69(2)
  824  during the previous day. Each supervisor shall prepare an
  825  electronic data file listing the individual voters who cast a
  826  ballot during the early voting period. This information shall be
  827  provided in electronic format as provided by rule adopted by the
  828  division. The information shall be updated and made available no
  829  later than noon of each day and shall be contemporaneously
  830  provided to the division.
  831         Section 19. Paragraphs (a) and (c) of subsection (2) and
  832  subsection (4) of section 101.68, Florida Statutes, are amended
  833  to read:
  834         101.68 Canvassing of vote-by-mail ballot.—
  835         (2)(a) The county canvassing board may begin the canvassing
  836  of vote-by-mail ballots at 7 a.m. on the 22nd 15th day before
  837  the election, but not later than noon on the day following the
  838  election. In addition, for any county using electronic
  839  tabulating equipment, the processing of vote-by-mail ballots
  840  through such tabulating equipment may begin at 7 a.m. on the
  841  22nd 15th day before the election. However, notwithstanding any
  842  such authorization to begin canvassing or otherwise processing
  843  vote-by-mail ballots early, no result shall be released until
  844  after the closing of the polls in that county on election day.
  845  Any supervisor of elections, deputy supervisor of elections,
  846  canvassing board member, election board member, or election
  847  employee who releases the results of a canvassing or processing
  848  of vote-by-mail ballots prior to the closing of the polls in
  849  that county on election day commits a felony of the third
  850  degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s.
  851  775.084.
  852         (c)1. The canvassing board must, if the supervisor has not
  853  already done so, compare the signature of the elector on the
  854  voter’s certificate or on the vote-by-mail ballot cure affidavit
  855  as provided in subsection (4) with the signature of the elector
  856  in the registration books or the precinct register to see that
  857  the elector is duly registered in the county and to determine
  858  the legality of that vote-by-mail ballot. A vote-by-mail ballot
  859  may only be counted if:
  860         a. The signature on the voter’s certificate or the cure
  861  affidavit matches the elector’s signature in the registration
  862  books or precinct register; however, in the case of a cure
  863  affidavit, the supporting identification listed in subsection
  864  (4) must also confirm the identity of the elector; or
  865         b. The cure affidavit contains a signature that does not
  866  match the elector’s signature in the registration books or
  867  precinct register, but the elector has submitted a current and
  868  valid Tier 1 identification pursuant to subsection (4) which
  869  confirms the identity of the elector.
  870  
  871  For purposes of this subparagraph, any canvassing board finding
  872  that an elector’s signatures do not match must be by majority
  873  vote and beyond a reasonable doubt.
  874         2. The ballot of an elector who casts a vote-by-mail ballot
  875  shall be counted even if the elector dies on or before election
  876  day, as long as, before the death of the voter, the ballot was
  877  postmarked by the United States Postal Service, date-stamped
  878  with a verifiable tracking number by a common carrier, or
  879  already in the possession of the supervisor of elections.
  880         3. A vote-by-mail ballot is not considered illegal if the
  881  signature of the elector does not cross the seal of the mailing
  882  envelope.
  883         4. If any elector or candidate present believes that a
  884  vote-by-mail ballot is illegal due to a defect apparent on the
  885  voter’s certificate or the cure affidavit, he or she may, at any
  886  time before the ballot is removed from the envelope, file with
  887  the canvassing board a protest against the canvass of that
  888  ballot, specifying the precinct, the ballot, and the reason he
  889  or she believes the ballot to be illegal. A challenge based upon
  890  a defect in the voter’s certificate or cure affidavit may not be
  891  accepted after the ballot has been removed from the mailing
  892  envelope.
  893         5. If the canvassing board determines that a ballot is
  894  illegal, a member of the board must, without opening the
  895  envelope, mark across the face of the envelope: “rejected as
  896  illegal.” The cure affidavit, if applicable, the envelope, and
  897  the ballot therein shall be preserved in the manner that
  898  official ballots are preserved.
  899         (4)(a) As soon as practicable, the supervisor shall, on
  900  behalf of the county canvassing board, attempt to immediately
  901  notify an elector who has returned a vote-by-mail ballot that
  902  does not include the elector’s signature or contains a signature
  903  that does not match the elector’s signature in the registration
  904  books or precinct register by:
  905         1.Notifying the elector of the signature deficiency by e
  906  mail and directing the elector to the cure affidavit and
  907  instructions on the supervisor’s website;
  908         2.Notifying the elector of the signature deficiency by
  909  text message and directing the elector to the cure affidavit and
  910  instructions on the supervisor’s website; or
  911         3.Notifying the elector of the signature deficiency by
  912  telephone and directing the elector to the cure affidavit and
  913  instructions on the supervisor’s website.
  914  
  915  In addition to the notification required under subparagraph 1.,
  916  subparagraph 2., or subparagraph 3., the supervisor must notify
  917  the elector of the signature deficiency by first-class mail and
  918  direct the elector to the cure affidavit and instructions on the
  919  supervisor’s website. Beginning the day before the election, the
  920  supervisor is not required to provide notice of the signature
  921  deficiency by first-class mail, but shall continue to provide
  922  notice as required under subparagraph 1., subparagraph 2., or
  923  subparagraph 3.
  924         (b) The supervisor shall allow such an elector to complete
  925  and submit an affidavit in order to cure the vote-by-mail ballot
  926  until 5 p.m. on the 2nd day after before the election.
  927         (c)(b) The elector must complete a cure affidavit in
  928  substantially the following form:
  929                 VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT CURE AFFIDAVIT                
  930         I, ...., am a qualified voter in this election and
  931  registered voter of .... County, Florida. I do solemnly swear or
  932  affirm that I requested and returned the vote-by-mail ballot and
  933  that I have not and will not vote more than one ballot in this
  934  election. I understand that if I commit or attempt any fraud in
  935  connection with voting, vote a fraudulent ballot, or vote more
  936  than once in an election, I may be convicted of a felony of the
  937  third degree and fined up to $5,000 and imprisoned for up to 5
  938  years. I understand that my failure to sign this affidavit means
  939  that my vote-by-mail ballot will be invalidated.
  940  ...(Voter’s Signature)...
  941  ...(Address)...
  942         (d)(c) Instructions must accompany the cure affidavit in
  943  substantially the following form:
  944         READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING THE
  945  AFFIDAVIT. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY CAUSE YOUR
  946  BALLOT NOT TO COUNT.
  947         1. In order to ensure that your vote-by-mail ballot will be
  948  counted, your affidavit should be completed and returned as soon
  949  as possible so that it can reach the supervisor of elections of
  950  the county in which your precinct is located no later than 5
  951  p.m. on the 2nd day after before the election.
  952         2. You must sign your name on the line above (Voter’s
  953  Signature).
  954         3. You must make a copy of one of the following forms of
  955  identification:
  956         a. Tier 1 identification.—Current and valid identification
  957  that includes your name and photograph: Florida driver license;
  958  Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway
  959  Safety and Motor Vehicles; United States passport; debit or
  960  credit card; military identification; student identification;
  961  retirement center identification; neighborhood association
  962  identification; public assistance identification; veteran health
  963  identification card issued by the United States Department of
  964  Veterans Affairs; a Florida license to carry a concealed weapon
  965  or firearm; or an employee identification card issued by any
  966  branch, department, agency, or entity of the Federal Government,
  967  the state, a county, or a municipality; or
  968         b. Tier 2 identification.—ONLY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A TIER 1
  969  FORM OF IDENTIFICATION, identification that shows your name and
  970  current residence address: current utility bill, bank statement,
  971  government check, paycheck, or government document (excluding
  972  voter information identification card).
  973         4. Place the envelope bearing the affidavit into a mailing
  974  envelope addressed to the supervisor. Insert a copy of your
  975  identification in the mailing envelope. Mail (if time permits),
  976  deliver, or have delivered the completed affidavit along with
  977  the copy of your identification to your county supervisor of
  978  elections. Be sure there is sufficient postage if mailed and
  979  that the supervisor’s address is correct. Remember, your
  980  information MUST reach your county supervisor of elections no
  981  later than 5 p.m. on the 2nd day after the election, or your
  982  ballot will not count.
  983         5. Alternatively, you may fax or e-mail your completed
  984  affidavit and a copy of your identification to the supervisor of
  985  elections. If e-mailing, please provide these documents as
  986  attachments.
  987         (e)(d) The department and each supervisor shall include the
  988  affidavit and instructions on their respective websites. The
  989  supervisor must include his or her office’s mailing address, e
  990  mail address, and fax number on the page containing the
  991  affidavit instructions, and; the department’s instruction page
  992  must include the office mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and
  993  fax numbers of all supervisors of elections or provide a
  994  conspicuous link to such addresses.
  995         (f)(e) The supervisor shall attach each affidavit received
  996  to the appropriate vote-by-mail ballot mailing envelope.
  997         (g)(f)If a vote-by-mail ballot is validated following the
  998  submission of a cure affidavit, the supervisor shall make a copy
  999  of the affidavit, affix it to a voter registration application,
 1000  and immediately process it as a valid request for a signature
 1001  update pursuant to s. 98.077.
 1002         (h) After all election results on the ballot have been
 1003  certified, the supervisor shall, on behalf of the county
 1004  canvassing board, notify each elector whose ballot has been
 1005  rejected as illegal and provide the specific reason the ballot
 1006  was rejected. In addition, unless processed as a signature
 1007  update pursuant to paragraph (g), the supervisor shall mail a
 1008  voter registration application to the elector to be completed
 1009  indicating the elector’s current signature if the signature on
 1010  the voter’s certificate or cure affidavit did not match the
 1011  elector’s signature in the registration books or precinct
 1012  register. This section does not prohibit the supervisor from
 1013  providing additional methods for updating an elector’s
 1014  signature.
 1015         Section 20. Section 101.69, Florida Statutes, is amended to
 1016  read:
 1017         101.69 Voting in person; return of vote-by-mail ballot.—
 1018         (1) The provisions of this code shall not be construed to
 1019  prohibit any elector from voting in person at the elector’s
 1020  precinct on the day of an election or at an early voting site,
 1021  notwithstanding that the elector has requested a vote-by-mail
 1022  ballot for that election. An elector who has returned a voted
 1023  vote-by-mail ballot to the supervisor, however, is deemed to
 1024  have cast his or her ballot and is not entitled to vote another
 1025  ballot or to have a provisional ballot counted by the county
 1026  canvassing board. An elector who has received a vote-by-mail
 1027  ballot and has not returned the voted ballot to the supervisor,
 1028  but desires to vote in person, shall return the ballot, whether
 1029  voted or not, to the election board in the elector’s precinct or
 1030  to an early voting site. The returned ballot shall be marked
 1031  “canceled” by the board and placed with other canceled ballots.
 1032  However, if the elector does not return the ballot and the
 1033  election official:
 1034         (a)(1) Confirms that the supervisor has received the
 1035  elector’s vote-by-mail ballot, the elector shall not be allowed
 1036  to vote in person. If the elector maintains that he or she has
 1037  not returned the vote-by-mail ballot or remains eligible to
 1038  vote, the elector shall be provided a provisional ballot as
 1039  provided in s. 101.048.
 1040         (b)(2) Confirms that the supervisor has not received the
 1041  elector’s vote-by-mail ballot, the elector shall be allowed to
 1042  vote in person as provided in this code. The elector’s vote-by
 1043  mail ballot, if subsequently received, shall not be counted and
 1044  shall remain in the mailing envelope, and the envelope shall be
 1045  marked “Rejected as Illegal.”
 1046         (c)(3) Cannot determine whether the supervisor has received
 1047  the elector’s vote-by-mail ballot, the elector may vote a
 1048  provisional ballot as provided in s. 101.048.
 1049         (2)The supervisor shall allow an elector who has received
 1050  a vote-by-mail ballot to physically return a voted vote-by-mail
 1051  ballot to the supervisor by placing the envelope containing his
 1052  or her marked ballot in a secure drop box. Secure drop boxes
 1053  shall be placed at the main office of the supervisor, at each
 1054  branch office of the supervisor, and at each early voting site.
 1055  Secure drop boxes may also be placed at any other site that
 1056  would otherwise qualify as an early voting site under s.
 1057  101.657(1); provided, however, that any such site must be
 1058  staffed during the county’s early voting hours of operation by
 1059  an employee of the supervisor’s office or a sworn law
 1060  enforcement officer.
 1061         Section 21. Subsection (2) of section 97.052, Florida
 1062  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1063         97.052 Uniform statewide voter registration application.—
 1064         (2) The uniform statewide voter registration application
 1065  must be designed to elicit the following information from the
 1066  applicant:
 1067         (a) Last, first, and middle name, including any suffix.
 1068         (b) Date of birth.
 1069         (c) Address of legal residence.
 1070         (d) Mailing address, if different.
 1071         (e) E-mail address and whether the applicant wishes to
 1072  receive sample ballots by e-mail.
 1073         (f) County of legal residence.
 1074         (g) Race or ethnicity that best describes the applicant:
 1075         1. American Indian or Alaskan Native.
 1076         2. Asian or Pacific Islander.
 1077         3. Black, not Hispanic.
 1078         4. White, not Hispanic.
 1079         5. Hispanic.
 1080         (h) State or country of birth.
 1081         (i) Sex.
 1082         (j) Party affiliation.
 1083         (k) Whether the applicant needs assistance in voting.
 1084         (l) Name and address where last registered.
 1085         (m) Last four digits of the applicant’s social security
 1086  number.
 1087         (n) Florida driver license number or the identification
 1088  number from a Florida identification card issued under s.
 1089  322.051.
 1090         (o) An indication, if applicable, that the applicant has
 1091  not been issued a Florida driver license, a Florida
 1092  identification card, or a social security number.
 1093         (p) Telephone number (optional).
 1094         (q) Signature of applicant under penalty for false swearing
 1095  pursuant to s. 104.011, by which the person subscribes to the
 1096  oath required by s. 3, Art. VI of the State Constitution and s.
 1097  97.051, and swears or affirms that the information contained in
 1098  the registration application is true.
 1099         (r) Whether the application is being used for initial
 1100  registration, to update a voter registration record, or to
 1101  request a replacement voter information card.
 1102         (s) Whether the applicant is a citizen of the United States
 1103  by asking the question “Are you a citizen of the United States
 1104  of America?” and providing boxes for the applicant to check to
 1105  indicate whether the applicant is or is not a citizen of the
 1106  United States.
 1107         (t)1. Whether the applicant has never been convicted of a
 1108  felony, and, if convicted, has had his or her civil rights
 1109  restored by including the statement “I affirm I have never been
 1110  am not a convicted of a felony felon, or, if I am, my rights
 1111  relating to voting have been restored.” and providing a box for
 1112  the applicant to check to affirm the statement.
 1113         2. Whether the applicant has been convicted of a felony,
 1114  and if convicted, has had his or her civil rights restored
 1115  through executive clemency, by including the statement “If I
 1116  have been convicted of a felony, I affirm my voting rights have
 1117  been restored by the Board of Executive Clemency.” and providing
 1118  a box for the applicant to check to affirm the statement.
 1119         3. Whether the applicant has been convicted of a felony
 1120  and, if convicted, has had his or her voting rights restored
 1121  pursuant s. 4, Art. VI of the State Constitution, by including
 1122  the statement “If I have been convicted of a felony, I affirm my
 1123  voting rights have been restored pursuant to s. 4, Art. VI of
 1124  the State Constitution upon the completion of all terms of my
 1125  sentence, including parole or probation.” and providing a box
 1126  for the applicant to check to affirm the statement.
 1127         (u) Whether the applicant has been adjudicated mentally
 1128  incapacitated with respect to voting or, if so adjudicated, has
 1129  had his or her right to vote restored by including the statement
 1130  “I affirm I have not been adjudicated mentally incapacitated
 1131  with respect to voting, or, if I have, my competency has been
 1132  restored.” and providing a box for the applicant to check to
 1133  affirm the statement. The registration application must be in
 1134  plain language and designed so that persons who have been
 1135  adjudicated mentally incapacitated are not required to reveal
 1136  their prior adjudication.
 1137  
 1138  The registration application must be in plain language and
 1139  designed so that convicted felons whose civil rights have been
 1140  restored and persons who have been adjudicated mentally
 1141  incapacitated and have had their voting rights restored are not
 1142  required to reveal their prior conviction or adjudication.
 1143         Section 22. Paragraph (a) of subsection (5) of section
 1144  97.053, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1145         97.053 Acceptance of voter registration applications.—
 1146         (5)(a) A voter registration application is complete if it
 1147  contains the following information necessary to establish the
 1148  applicant’s eligibility pursuant to s. 97.041, including:
 1149         1. The applicant’s name.
 1150         2. The applicant’s address of legal residence, including a
 1151  distinguishing apartment, suite, lot, room, or dormitory room
 1152  number or other identifier, if appropriate. Failure to include a
 1153  distinguishing apartment, suite, lot, room, or dormitory room or
 1154  other identifier on a voter registration application does not
 1155  impact a voter’s eligibility to register to vote or cast a
 1156  ballot, and such an omission may not serve as the basis for a
 1157  challenge to a voter’s eligibility or reason to not count a
 1158  ballot.
 1159         3. The applicant’s date of birth.
 1160         4. A mark in the checkbox affirming that the applicant is a
 1161  citizen of the United States.
 1162         5.a. The applicant’s current and valid Florida driver
 1163  license number or the identification number from a Florida
 1164  identification card issued under s. 322.051, or
 1165         b. If the applicant has not been issued a current and valid
 1166  Florida driver license or a Florida identification card, the
 1167  last four digits of the applicant’s social security number.
 1168  
 1169  In case an applicant has not been issued a current and valid
 1170  Florida driver license, Florida identification card, or social
 1171  security number, the applicant shall affirm this fact in the
 1172  manner prescribed in the uniform statewide voter registration
 1173  application.
 1174         6. A mark in the applicable checkbox affirming that the
 1175  applicant has not been convicted of a felony or that, if
 1176  convicted, has had his or her civil rights restored through
 1177  executive clemency, or has had his or her voting civil rights
 1178  restored pursuant s. 4, Art. VI of the State Constitution.
 1179         7. A mark in the checkbox affirming that the applicant has
 1180  not been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to
 1181  voting or that, if so adjudicated, has had his or her right to
 1182  vote restored.
 1183         8. The original signature or a digital signature
 1184  transmitted by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
 1185  Vehicles of the applicant swearing or affirming under the
 1186  penalty for false swearing pursuant to s. 104.011 that the
 1187  information contained in the registration application is true
 1188  and subscribing to the oath required by s. 3, Art. VI of the
 1189  State Constitution and s. 97.051.
 1190         Section 23. Paragraph (c) of subsection (1) of section
 1191  98.045, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
 1192         98.045 Administration of voter registration.—
 1193         (1) ELIGIBILITY OF APPLICANT.—The supervisor must ensure
 1194  that any eligible applicant for voter registration is registered
 1195  to vote and that each application for voter registration is
 1196  processed in accordance with law. The supervisor shall determine
 1197  whether a voter registration applicant is ineligible based on
 1198  any of the following:
 1199         (c) The applicant has been convicted of a felony for which
 1200  his or her voting civil rights have not been restored.
 1201         Section 24. Subsections (5) and (6) and paragraph (a) of
 1202  subsection (7) of section 98.075, Florida Statutes, are amended
 1203  to read:
 1204         98.075 Registration records maintenance activities;
 1205  ineligibility determinations.—
 1206         (5) FELONY CONVICTION.—The department shall identify those
 1207  registered voters who have been convicted of a felony and whose
 1208  voting rights have not been restored by comparing information
 1209  received from, but not limited to, a clerk of the circuit court,
 1210  the Board of Executive Clemency, the Department of Corrections,
 1211  the Department of Law Enforcement, or a United States Attorney’s
 1212  Office, as provided in s. 98.093. The department shall review
 1213  such information and make an initial determination as to whether
 1214  the information is credible and reliable. If the department
 1215  determines that the information is credible and reliable, the
 1216  department shall notify the supervisor and provide a copy of the
 1217  supporting documentation indicating the potential ineligibility
 1218  of the voter to be registered. Upon receipt of the notice that
 1219  the department has made a determination of initial credibility
 1220  and reliability, the supervisor shall adhere to the procedures
 1221  set forth in subsection (7) prior to the removal of a registered
 1222  voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system.
 1223         (6) OTHER BASES FOR INELIGIBILITY.—If the department or
 1224  supervisor receives information from sources other than those
 1225  identified in subsections (2)-(5) that a registered voter is
 1226  ineligible because he or she is deceased, adjudicated a
 1227  convicted felon without having had his or her voting civil
 1228  rights restored, adjudicated mentally incapacitated without
 1229  having had his or her voting rights restored, does not meet the
 1230  age requirement pursuant to s. 97.041, is not a United States
 1231  citizen, is a fictitious person, or has listed a residence that
 1232  is not his or her legal residence, the supervisor must adhere to
 1233  the procedures set forth in subsection (7) prior to the removal
 1234  of a registered voter’s name from the statewide voter
 1235  registration system.
 1236         (7) PROCEDURES FOR REMOVAL.—
 1237         (a) If the supervisor receives notice or information
 1238  pursuant to subsections (4)-(6), the supervisor of the county in
 1239  which the voter is registered shall:
 1240         1. Notify the registered voter of his or her potential
 1241  ineligibility by mail within 7 days after receipt of notice or
 1242  information. The notice shall include:
 1243         a. A statement of the basis for the registered voter’s
 1244  potential ineligibility and a copy of any documentation upon
 1245  which the potential ineligibility is based. Such documentation
 1246  must include any conviction from another jurisdiction determined
 1247  to be a similar offense to murder or a felony sexual offense, as
 1248  those terms are defined in s. 98.0751.
 1249         b. A statement that failure to respond within 30 days after
 1250  receipt of the notice may result in a determination of
 1251  ineligibility and in removal of the registered voter’s name from
 1252  the statewide voter registration system.
 1253         c. A return form that requires the registered voter to
 1254  admit or deny the accuracy of the information underlying the
 1255  potential ineligibility for purposes of a final determination by
 1256  the supervisor.
 1257         d. A statement that, if the voter is denying the accuracy
 1258  of the information underlying the potential ineligibility, the
 1259  voter has a right to request a hearing for the purpose of
 1260  determining eligibility.
 1261         e. Instructions for the registered voter to contact the
 1262  supervisor of elections of the county in which the voter is
 1263  registered if assistance is needed in resolving the matter.
 1264         f. Instructions for seeking restoration of civil rights
 1265  pursuant to s. 8, Art. IV of the State Constitution and
 1266  information explaining voting rights restoration pursuant to s.
 1267  4., Art. VI of the State Constitution following a felony
 1268  conviction, if applicable.
 1269         2. If the mailed notice is returned as undeliverable, the
 1270  supervisor shall publish notice once in a newspaper of general
 1271  circulation in the county in which the voter was last
 1272  registered. The notice shall contain the following:
 1273         a. The voter’s name and address.
 1274         b. A statement that the voter is potentially ineligible to
 1275  be registered to vote.
 1276         c. A statement that failure to respond within 30 days after
 1277  the notice is published may result in a determination of
 1278  ineligibility by the supervisor and removal of the registered
 1279  voter’s name from the statewide voter registration system.
 1280         d. An instruction for the voter to contact the supervisor
 1281  no later than 30 days after the date of the published notice to
 1282  receive information regarding the basis for the potential
 1283  ineligibility and the procedure to resolve the matter.
 1284         e. An instruction to the voter that, if further assistance
 1285  is needed, the voter should contact the supervisor of elections
 1286  of the county in which the voter is registered.
 1287         3. If a registered voter fails to respond to a notice
 1288  pursuant to subparagraph 1. or subparagraph 2., the supervisor
 1289  shall make a final determination of the voter’s eligibility. If
 1290  the supervisor determines that the voter is ineligible, the
 1291  supervisor shall remove the name of the registered voter from
 1292  the statewide voter registration system. The supervisor shall
 1293  notify the registered voter of the supervisor’s determination
 1294  and action.
 1295         4. If a registered voter responds to the notice pursuant to
 1296  subparagraph 1. or subparagraph 2. and admits the accuracy of
 1297  the information underlying the potential ineligibility, the
 1298  supervisor shall make a final determination of ineligibility and
 1299  shall remove the voter’s name from the statewide voter
 1300  registration system. The supervisor shall notify the registered
 1301  voter of the supervisor’s determination and action.
 1302         5. If a registered voter responds to the notice issued
 1303  pursuant to subparagraph 1. or subparagraph 2. and denies the
 1304  accuracy of the information underlying the potential
 1305  ineligibility but does not request a hearing, the supervisor
 1306  shall review the evidence and make a final determination of
 1307  eligibility. If such registered voter requests a hearing, the
 1308  supervisor shall send notice to the registered voter to attend a
 1309  hearing at a time and place specified in the notice. Upon
 1310  hearing all evidence presented at the hearing, the supervisor
 1311  shall make a determination of eligibility. If the supervisor
 1312  determines that the registered voter is ineligible, the
 1313  supervisor shall remove the voter’s name from the statewide
 1314  voter registration system and notify the registered voter of the
 1315  supervisor’s determination and action.
 1316         Section 25. Section 98.0751, Florida Statutes, is created
 1317  to read:
 1318         98.0751 Restoration of voting rights; termination of
 1319  ineligibility subsequent to a felony conviction.—
 1320         (1) A person who has been disqualified from voting based on
 1321  a felony conviction for an offense other than murder or a felony
 1322  sexual offense must have such disqualification terminated and
 1323  his or her voting rights restored pursuant to s. 4, Art. VI of
 1324  the State Constitution upon the completion of all terms of his
 1325  or her sentence, including parole or probation. The voting
 1326  disqualification does not terminate unless a person’s civil
 1327  rights are restored pursuant to s. 8, Art. IV of the State
 1328  Constitution if the disqualification arises from a felony
 1329  conviction of murder or a felony sexual offense, or if the
 1330  person has not completed all terms of sentence, as specified in
 1331  subsection (2).
 1332         (2) For purposes of this section, the term:
 1333         (a) “Completion of all terms of sentence” means any portion
 1334  of a sentence that is contained in the four corners of the
 1335  sentencing document, including, but not limited to:
 1336         1.Release from any term of imprisonment ordered by the
 1337  court as a part of the sentence;
 1338         2. Termination from any term of probation or community
 1339  control ordered by the court as a part of the sentence;
 1340         3. Fulfillment of any term ordered by the court as a part
 1341  of the sentence;
 1342         4. Termination from any term of any supervision, which is
 1343  monitored by the Florida Commission on Offender Review,
 1344  including, but not limited to, parole; and
 1345         5.a.Full payment of restitution ordered to a victim by the
 1346  court as a part of the sentence. A victim includes, but is not
 1347  limited to, a person or persons, the estate or estates thereof,
 1348  an entity, the state, or the Federal Government.
 1349         b. Full payment of fines or fees ordered by the court as a
 1350  part of the sentence or that are ordered by the court as a
 1351  condition of any form of supervision, including, but not limited
 1352  to, probation, community control, or parole.
 1353         c.The financial obligations required under sub
 1354  subparagraph a. or sub-subparagraph b. include only the amount
 1355  specifically ordered by the court as part of the sentence and do
 1356  not include any fines, fees, or costs that accrue after the date
 1357  the obligation is ordered as a part of the sentence.
 1358         d. For the limited purpose of addressing a plea for relief
 1359  pursuant to sub-subparagraph e. and notwithstanding any other
 1360  statute, rule, or provision of law, a court may not be
 1361  prohibited from modifying the financial obligations of an
 1362  original sentence required under sub-subparagraph a. or sub
 1363  subparagraph b. Such modification shall not infringe on a
 1364  defendant’s or a victim’s rights provided in United States
 1365  Constitution or the State Constitution.
 1366         e. Financial obligations required under sub-subparagraph a.
 1367  or sub-subparagraph b. are considered completed in the following
 1368  manner or in any combination thereof:
 1369         (I)Actual payment of the obligation in full.
 1370         (II)  Upon the payee’s approval, either through appearance
 1371  in open court or through the production of a notarized consent
 1372  by the payee, the termination by the court of any financial
 1373  obligation to a payee, including, but not limited to, a victim,
 1374  or the court.
 1375         (III) Completion of all community service hours, if the
 1376  court, unless otherwise prohibited by law or the State
 1377  Constitution, converts the financial obligation to community
 1378  service.
 1379  
 1380  A term required to be completed in accordance with this
 1381  paragraph shall be deemed completed if the court modifies the
 1382  original sentencing order to no longer require completion of
 1383  such term. The requirement to pay any financial obligation
 1384  specified in this paragraph is not deemed completed upon
 1385  conversion to a civil lien.
 1386         (b) “Felony sexual offense” means any of the following:
 1387         1. Any felony offense that serves as a predicate to
 1388  registration as a sexual offender in accordance with s.
 1389  943.0435;
 1390         2. Section 491.0112;
 1391         3. Section 784.049(3)(b);
 1392         4. Section 794.08;
 1393         5. Section 796.08;
 1394         6. Section 800.101;
 1395         7. Section 826.04;
 1396         8. Section 847.012;
 1397         9. Section 872.06(2);
 1398         10. Section 944.35(3)(b)2.;
 1399         11. Section 951.221(1); or
 1400         12. Any similar offense committed in another jurisdiction
 1401  which would be an offense listed in this paragraph if it had
 1402  been committed in violation of the laws of this state.
 1403         (c) “Murder” means either of the following:
 1404         1. A violation of any of the following sections which
 1405  results in the actual killing of a human being:
 1406         a. Section 775.33(4).
 1407         b. Section 782.04(1), (2), or (3).
 1408         c. Section 782.09.
 1409         2. Any similar offense committed in another jurisdiction
 1410  which would be an offense listed in this paragraph if it had
 1411  been committed in violation of the laws of this state.
 1412         (3)(a)The department shall obtain and review information
 1413  pursuant to s. 98.075(5) related to a person who registers to
 1414  vote and make an initial determination on whether such
 1415  information is credible and reliable regarding whether the
 1416  person is eligible pursuant to s. 4., Art. VI of the State
 1417  Constitution and this section. Upon making an initial
 1418  determination of the credibility and reliability of such
 1419  information, the department shall forward such information to
 1420  the supervisor of elections pursuant to s. 98.075.
 1421         (b) A local supervisor of elections shall verify and make a
 1422  final determination pursuant to s. 98.075 regarding whether the
 1423  person who registers to vote is eligible pursuant to s. 4., Art.
 1424  VI of the State Constitution and this section.
 1425         (c) The supervisor of elections may request additional
 1426  assistance from the department in making the final
 1427  determination, if necessary.
 1428         (4) For the purpose of determining a voter registrant’s
 1429  eligibility, the provisions of this section shall be strictly
 1430  construed. If a provision is susceptible to differing
 1431  interpretations, it shall be construed in favor of the
 1432  registrant.
 1433         Section 26. Section 104.011, Florida Statutes, is amended
 1434  to read:
 1435         104.011 False swearing; submission of false voter
 1436  registration information; prosecution prohibited.—
 1437         (1) A person who willfully swears or affirms falsely to any
 1438  oath or affirmation, or willfully procures another person to
 1439  swear or affirm falsely to an oath or affirmation, in connection
 1440  with or arising out of voting or elections commits a felony of
 1441  the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s.
 1442  775.083, or s. 775.084.
 1443         (2) A person who willfully submits any false voter
 1444  registration information commits a felony of the third degree,
 1445  punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
 1446         (3) A person may not be charged or convicted for a
 1447  violation of this section for affirming that he or she has not
 1448  been convicted of a felony or that, if convicted, he or she has
 1449  had voting rights restored, if such violation is alleged to have
 1450  occurred on or after January 8, 2019, but before July 1, 2019.
 1451         Section 27. Section 940.061, Florida Statutes, is amended
 1452  to read:
 1453         940.061 Informing persons about executive clemency, and
 1454  restoration of civil rights, and restoration of voting rights.
 1455  The Department of Corrections shall inform and educate inmates
 1456  and offenders on community supervision about the restoration of
 1457  civil rights and the restoration of voting rights resulting from
 1458  the removal of the disqualification to vote pursuant to s. 4,
 1459  Art. VI of the State Constitution. Each month, the Department of
 1460  Corrections shall send to the Florida Commission on Offender
 1461  Review by electronic means a list of the names of inmates who
 1462  have been released from incarceration and offenders who have
 1463  been terminated from supervision who may be eligible for
 1464  restoration of civil rights.
 1465         Section 28. Subsection (1) of section 944.292, Florida
 1466  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1467         944.292 Suspension of civil rights.—
 1468         (1) Upon conviction of a felony as defined in s. 10, Art. X
 1469  of the State Constitution, the civil rights of the person
 1470  convicted shall be suspended in Florida until such rights are
 1471  restored by a full pardon, conditional pardon, or restoration of
 1472  civil rights granted pursuant to s. 8, Art. IV of the State
 1473  Constitution. Notwithstanding the suspension of civil rights,
 1474  such a convicted person may obtain restoration of his or her
 1475  voting rights pursuant to s. 4, Art. VI of the State
 1476  Constitution and s. 98.0751.
 1477         Section 29. Subsection (6) of section 944.705, Florida
 1478  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1479         944.705 Release orientation program.—
 1480         (6)(a) The department shall notify every inmate, in no less
 1481  than 18-point type in the inmate’s release documents:,
 1482         1.Of all outstanding terms of the inmate’s sentence at the
 1483  time of release to assist the inmate in determining his or her
 1484  status with regard to the completion of all terms of sentence,
 1485  as that term is defined in s. 98.0751. This subparagraph does
 1486  not apply to inmates who are being released from the custody of
 1487  the department to any type of supervision monitored by the
 1488  department; and
 1489         2. In not less than 18-point type, that the inmate may be
 1490  sentenced pursuant to s. 775.082(9) if the inmate commits any
 1491  felony offense described in s. 775.082(9) within 3 years after
 1492  the inmate’s release. This notice must be prefaced by the word
 1493  “WARNING” in boldfaced type.
 1494         (b) Nothing in This section does not preclude precludes the
 1495  sentencing of a person pursuant to s. 775.082(9), and nor shall
 1496  evidence that the department failed to provide this notice does
 1497  not prohibit a person from being sentenced pursuant to s.
 1498  775.082(9). The state is shall not be required to demonstrate
 1499  that a person received any notice from the department in order
 1500  for the court to impose a sentence pursuant to s. 775.082(9).
 1501         Section 30. Present subsection (3) of section 947.24,
 1502  Florida Statutes, is renumbered as subsection (4), and a new
 1503  subsection (3) is added to that section, to read:
 1504         947.24 Discharge from parole supervision or release
 1505  supervision.—
 1506         (3) Upon the termination of an offender’s term of
 1507  supervision, which is monitored by the commission, including,
 1508  but not limited to, parole, the commission must notify the
 1509  offender in writing of all outstanding terms at the time of
 1510  termination to assist the offender in determining his or her
 1511  status with regard to the completion of all terms of sentence,
 1512  as that term is defined in s. 98.0751.
 1513         Section 31. Section 948.041, Florida Statutes, is created
 1514  to read:
 1515         948.041 Notification of outstanding terms of sentence upon
 1516  termination of probation or community control.—Upon the
 1517  termination of an offender’s term of probation or community
 1518  control, the department must notify the offender in writing of
 1519  all outstanding terms at the time of termination to assist the
 1520  offender in determining his or her status with regard to the
 1521  completion of all terms of sentence, as that term is defined in
 1522  s. 98.0751.
 1523         Section 32. Subsection (1) of section 951.29, Florida
 1524  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1525         951.29 Procedure for requesting restoration of civil rights
 1526  or restoration of voting rights of county prisoners convicted of
 1527  felonies.—
 1528         (1) With respect to a person who has been convicted of a
 1529  felony and is serving a sentence in a county detention facility,
 1530  the administrator of the county detention facility shall provide
 1531  the following to the prisoner, at least 2 weeks before
 1532  discharge, if possible:,
 1533         (a) An application form obtained from the Florida
 1534  Commission on Offender Review which the prisoner must complete
 1535  in order to begin the process of having his or her civil rights
 1536  restored;.
 1537         (b) Information explaining voting rights restoration
 1538  pursuant to s. 4, Art. VI of the State Constitution; and
 1539         (c) Written notification of all outstanding terms of the
 1540  prisoner’s sentence at the time of release to assist the
 1541  prisoner in determining his or her status with regard to the
 1542  completion of all terms of sentence, as that term is defined in
 1543  s. 98.0751.
 1544         Section 33. Restoration of Voting Rights Work Group.—The
 1545  Restoration of Voting Rights Work Group is created within the
 1546  Department of State for the purpose of conducting a
 1547  comprehensive review of the department’s process of verifying
 1548  registered voters who have been convicted of a felony, but who
 1549  may be eligible for restoration of voting rights under s. 4,
 1550  Art. VI of the State Constitution.
 1551         (1) MEMBERSHIP.—The work group is comprised of the
 1552  following members:
 1553         (a) The Secretary of State or his or her designee, who
 1554  shall serve as chair for the work group.
 1555         (b) The Secretary of Corrections or his or her designee.
 1556         (c) The executive director of the Department of Law
 1557  Enforcement or his or her designee.
 1558         (d) The Chairman of the Florida Commission on Offender
 1559  Review or his or her designee.
 1560         (e) Two clerks of the circuit court appointed by the
 1561  Governor.
 1562         (f) Two supervisors of elections appointed by the Governor.
 1563         (2) TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP.—Appointments to the work group
 1564  shall be made by August 1, 2019. All members shall serve for the
 1565  duration of the work group. Any vacancy shall be filled by the
 1566  original appointing authority for the remainder of the work
 1567  group’s existence.
 1568         (3) DUTIES.—The work group is authorized and directed to
 1569  study, evaluate, analyze, and undertake a comprehensive review
 1570  of the Department of State’s process of verifying registered
 1571  voters who have been convicted of a felony, but who may be
 1572  eligible for restoration of voting rights under s. 4, Art. VI of
 1573  the State Constitution, to develop recommendations for the
 1574  Legislature, related to:
 1575         (a) The consolidation of all relevant data necessary to
 1576  verify the eligibility of a registered voter for restoration of
 1577  voting rights under s. 4, Art. VI of the State Constitution. If
 1578  any entity is recommended to manage the consolidated relevant
 1579  data, the recommendations must provide the feasibility of such
 1580  entity to manage the consolidated relevant data and a timeline
 1581  for implementation of such consolidation.
 1582         (b) The process of informing a registered voter of the
 1583  entity or entities that are custodians of the relevant data
 1584  necessary for verifying his or her eligibility for restoration
 1585  of voting rights under s. 4, Art. VI of the State Constitution.
 1586         (c) Any other relevant policies or procedures for verifying
 1587  the eligibility of a registered voter for restoration of voting
 1588  rights under s. 4, Art. VI of the State Constitution.
 1589         (4) REPORT.—The work group shall submit a report of its
 1590  findings, conclusions, and recommendations for the Legislature
 1591  to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of
 1592  Representatives by November 1, 2019. Upon submission of the
 1593  report, the work group is dissolved and discharged of further
 1594  duties.
 1595         (5) STAFFING.—The Department of State shall provide support
 1596  for the work group in performing its duties.
 1597         (6) PER DIEM AND TRAVEL EXPENSES.—Work group members shall
 1598  serve without compensation but are entitled to receive
 1599  reimbursement for per diem and travel expenses as provided in s.
 1600  112.061, Florida Statutes.
 1601         (7) EXPIRATION.—This section expires January 31, 2020.
 1602         Section 34. Subsection (2) of section 101.6923, Florida
 1603  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1604         101.6923 Special vote-by-mail ballot instructions for
 1605  certain first-time voters.—
 1606         (2) A voter covered by this section shall be provided with
 1607  printed instructions with his or her vote-by-mail ballot in
 1608  substantially the following form:
 1609  READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE MARKING YOUR BALLOT.
 1610  FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY CAUSE YOUR BALLOT NOT
 1611  TO COUNT.
 1612         1. In order to ensure that your vote-by-mail ballot will be
 1613  counted, it should be completed and returned as soon as possible
 1614  so that it can reach the supervisor of elections of the county
 1615  in which your precinct is located no later than 7 p.m. on the
 1616  date of the election. However, if you are an overseas voter
 1617  casting a ballot in a presidential preference primary or general
 1618  election, your vote-by-mail ballot must be postmarked or dated
 1619  no later than the date of the election and received by the
 1620  supervisor of elections of the county in which you are
 1621  registered to vote no later than 10 days after the date of the
 1622  election.
 1623         2. Mark your ballot in secret as instructed on the ballot.
 1624  You must mark your own ballot unless you are unable to do so
 1625  because of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write.
 1626         3. Mark only the number of candidates or issue choices for
 1627  a race as indicated on the ballot. If you are allowed to “Vote
 1628  for One” candidate and you vote for more than one, your vote in
 1629  that race will not be counted.
 1630         4. Place your marked ballot in the enclosed secrecy
 1631  envelope and seal the envelope.
 1632         5. Insert the secrecy envelope into the enclosed envelope
 1633  bearing the Voter’s Certificate. Seal the envelope and
 1634  completely fill out the Voter’s Certificate on the back of the
 1635  envelope.
 1636         a. You must sign your name on the line above (Voter’s
 1637  Signature).
 1638         b. If you are an overseas voter, you must include the date
 1639  you signed the Voter’s Certificate on the line above (Date) or
 1640  your ballot may not be counted.
 1641         c. A vote-by-mail ballot will be considered illegal and
 1642  will not be counted if the signature on the Voter’s Certificate
 1643  does not match the signature on record. The signature on file at
 1644  the start of the canvass of the vote-by-mail ballots is the
 1645  signature that will be used to verify your signature on the
 1646  Voter’s Certificate. If you need to update your signature for
 1647  this election, send your signature update on a voter
 1648  registration application to your supervisor of elections so that
 1649  it is received before your vote-by-mail ballot is received no
 1650  later than the start of canvassing of vote-by-mail ballots,
 1651  which occurs no earlier than the 15th day before election day.
 1652         6. Unless you meet one of the exemptions in Item 7., you
 1653  must make a copy of one of the following forms of
 1654  identification:
 1655         a. Identification which must include your name and
 1656  photograph: United States passport; debit or credit card;
 1657  military identification; student identification; retirement
 1658  center identification; neighborhood association identification;
 1659  public assistance identification; veteran health identification
 1660  card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs;
 1661  a Florida license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm; or an
 1662  employee identification card issued by any branch, department,
 1663  agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a
 1664  county, or a municipality; or
 1665         b. Identification which shows your name and current
 1666  residence address: current utility bill, bank statement,
 1667  government check, paycheck, or government document (excluding
 1668  voter information identification card).
 1669         7. The identification requirements of Item 6. do not apply
 1670  if you meet one of the following requirements:
 1671         a. You are 65 years of age or older.
 1672         b. You have a temporary or permanent physical disability.
 1673         c. You are a member of a uniformed service on active duty
 1674  who, by reason of such active duty, will be absent from the
 1675  county on election day.
 1676         d. You are a member of the Merchant Marine who, by reason
 1677  of service in the Merchant Marine, will be absent from the
 1678  county on election day.
 1679         e. You are the spouse or dependent of a member referred to
 1680  in paragraph c. or paragraph d. who, by reason of the active
 1681  duty or service of the member, will be absent from the county on
 1682  election day.
 1683         f. You are currently residing outside the United States.
 1684         8. Place the envelope bearing the Voter’s Certificate into
 1685  the mailing envelope addressed to the supervisor. Insert a copy
 1686  of your identification in the mailing envelope. DO NOT PUT YOUR
 1687  IDENTIFICATION INSIDE THE SECRECY ENVELOPE WITH THE BALLOT OR
 1688  INSIDE THE ENVELOPE WHICH BEARS THE VOTER’S CERTIFICATE OR YOUR
 1689  BALLOT WILL NOT COUNT.
 1690         9. Mail, deliver, or have delivered the completed mailing
 1691  envelope. Be sure there is sufficient postage if mailed.
 1692         10. FELONY NOTICE. It is a felony under Florida law to
 1693  accept any gift, payment, or gratuity in exchange for your vote
 1694  for a candidate. It is also a felony under Florida law to vote
 1695  in an election using a false identity or false address, or under
 1696  any other circumstances making your ballot false or fraudulent.
 1697         Section 35. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) and subsection
 1698  (5) of section 102.031, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1699         102.031 Maintenance of good order at polls; authorities;
 1700  persons allowed in polling rooms and early voting areas;
 1701  unlawful solicitation of voters.—
 1702         (4)(a) No person, political committee, or other group or
 1703  organization may solicit voters inside the polling place or
 1704  within 150 100 feet of the entrance to any polling place, a
 1705  polling room where the polling place is also a polling room, an
 1706  early voting site, or an office of the supervisor of elections
 1707  where vote-by-mail ballots are requested and printed on demand
 1708  for the convenience of electors who appear in person to request
 1709  them. Before the opening of the polling place or early voting
 1710  site, the clerk or supervisor shall designate the no
 1711  solicitation zone and mark the boundaries.
 1712         (5) No photography is permitted in the polling room or
 1713  early voting area, except an elector may photograph his or her
 1714  own ballot.
 1715         Section 36. Present subsections (9) and (10) of section
 1716  102.141, Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (10)
 1717  and (11), respectively, subsection (2) of that section is
 1718  amended, and a new subsection (9) is added to that section, to
 1719  read:
 1720         102.141 County canvassing board; duties.—
 1721         (2)(a) The county canvassing board shall meet in a building
 1722  accessible to the public in the county where the election
 1723  occurred at a time and place to be designated by the supervisor
 1724  of elections to publicly canvass the absent electors’ ballots as
 1725  provided for in s. 101.68 and provisional ballots as provided by
 1726  ss. 101.048, 101.049, and 101.6925. Provisional ballots cast
 1727  pursuant to s. 101.049 shall be canvassed in a manner that votes
 1728  for candidates and issues on those ballots can be segregated
 1729  from other votes. Public notice of the time and place at which
 1730  the county canvassing board shall meet to canvass the absent
 1731  electors’ ballots and provisional ballots shall be given at
 1732  least 48 hours prior thereto by publication on the supervisor of
 1733  elections’ website and once in one or more newspapers of general
 1734  circulation in the county or, if there is no newspaper of
 1735  general circulation in the county, by posting such notice in at
 1736  least four conspicuous places in the county. As soon as the
 1737  absent electors’ ballots and the provisional ballots are
 1738  canvassed, the board shall proceed to publicly canvass the vote
 1739  given each candidate, nominee, constitutional amendment, or
 1740  other measure submitted to the electorate of the county, as
 1741  shown by the returns then on file in the office of the
 1742  supervisor of elections.
 1743         (b)Public notice of the time and place at which the county
 1744  canvassing board shall meet to canvass the absent electors’
 1745  ballots and provisional ballots must be given at least 48 hours
 1746  prior thereto by publication on the supervisor’s website and
 1747  published in one or more newspapers of general circulation in
 1748  the county or, if there is no newspaper of general circulation
 1749  in the county, by posting such notice in at least four
 1750  conspicuous places in the county. The time given in the notice
 1751  as to the convening of the meeting of the county canvassing
 1752  board must be specific and may not be a time period during which
 1753  the board may meet.
 1754         (c)If the county canvassing board suspends or recesses a
 1755  meeting publicly noticed pursuant to paragraph (b) for a period
 1756  lasting more than 60 minutes, the board must post on the
 1757  supervisor’s website the anticipated time at which the board
 1758  expects to reconvene. If the county canvassing board does not
 1759  reconvene at the specified time, the board must provide at least
 1760  2 hours’ notice, which must be posted on the supervisor’s
 1761  website, before reconvening.
 1762         (d)During any meeting of the county canvassing board, a
 1763  physical notice must be placed in a conspicuous area near the
 1764  public entrance to the building in which the meeting is taking
 1765  place. The physical notice must include the names of the
 1766  individuals officially serving as the county canvassing board,
 1767  the names of any alternate members, the time of the meeting, and
 1768  a brief statement as to the anticipated activities of the county
 1769  canvassing board.
 1770         (9)Each member, substitute member, and alternate member of
 1771  the county canvassing board and all clerical help must wear
 1772  identification badges during any period in which the county
 1773  canvassing board is canvassing votes or engaging in other
 1774  official duties. The identification badges should be worn in a
 1775  conspicuous and unobstructed area, and include the name of the
 1776  individual and his or her official position.
 1777         Section 37. Subsection (2) and paragraph (b) of subsection
 1778  (4) of section 102.166, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
 1779         102.166 Manual recounts of overvotes and undervotes.—
 1780         (2)(a) Any hardware or software used to identify and sort
 1781  overvotes and undervotes for a given race or ballot measure must
 1782  be certified by the Department of State as part of the voting
 1783  system pursuant to s. 101.015. Any such hardware or software
 1784  must be capable of simultaneously identifying and sorting
 1785  overvotes and undervotes in multiple races while simultaneously
 1786  counting votes.
 1787         (b) Overvotes and undervotes must shall be identified and
 1788  sorted while recounting ballots pursuant to s. 102.141, if the
 1789  hardware or software for this purpose has been certified or the
 1790  department’s rules so provide.
 1791         (4)
 1792         (b) The Department of State shall adopt specific rules for
 1793  the federal write-in absentee ballot and for each certified
 1794  voting system prescribing what constitutes a “clear indication
 1795  on the ballot that the voter has made a definite choice.” The
 1796  rules shall be consistent, to the extent practicable, and may
 1797  not:
 1798         1. Authorize the use of any electronic or electromechanical
 1799  reading device to review a hybrid voting system ballot that is
 1800  produced using a voter interface device and that contains both
 1801  machine-readable fields and machine-printed text of the contest
 1802  titles and voter selections, unless the printed text is
 1803  illegible;
 1804         2. Exclusively provide that the voter must properly mark or
 1805  designate his or her choice on the ballot; or
 1806         3.2. Contain a catch-all provision that fails to identify
 1807  specific standards, such as “any other mark or indication
 1808  clearly indicating that the voter has made a definite choice.”
 1809         Section 38. Subsection (8) of section 102.168, Florida
 1810  Statutes, is amended to read:
 1811         102.168 Contest of election.—
 1812         (8) In any contest that requires a review of the canvassing
 1813  board’s decision on the legality of a provisional or vote-by
 1814  mail ballot pursuant to s. 101.048 or s. 101.68 based upon a
 1815  comparison of the signature of the elector in the registration
 1816  records with the signature on the provisional or vote-by-mail
 1817  voter’s certificate or the provisional or vote-by-mail cure
 1818  affidavit and the signature of the elector in the registration
 1819  records, the circuit court may not review or consider any
 1820  evidence other than the signature of the elector in the
 1821  registration records, the signature on the respective voter’s
 1822  certificate or cure affidavit, and any supporting identification
 1823  that the elector submitted with the cure affidavit and the
 1824  signature of the elector in the registration records. The
 1825  court’s review of such issue shall be to determine only if the
 1826  canvassing board abused its discretion in making its decision.
 1827         Section 39. Subsection (5) is added to section 104.051,
 1828  Florida Statutes, to read:
 1829         104.051 Violations; neglect of duty; corrupt practices.—
 1830         (5)Any supervisor who willfully violates any provision of
 1831  the Florida Election Code is, upon a finding of such violation
 1832  by a court of competent jurisdiction, prohibited from receiving
 1833  the special qualification salary pursuant to s. 145.09(3) for a
 1834  period of 24 months, dating from the time of the violation.
 1835         Section 40. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
 1836  act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2019.

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