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SB 112 — Absentee Voting

by Senator Thompson

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Ethics and Elections Committee (EE)

The bill (Chapter 2016-37, L.O.F.) changes the phrase “absentee” to “vote-by-mail” where it appears in the Florida Statutes, most frequently in the context of the phrase “absentee ballot(s).” The bill addresses possible confusion on the part of voters who mistakenly believe that they must be away from home, or “absent,” in order to request and cast a ballot remotely — notwithstanding that Florida did away with that requirement years ago.

These provisions were approved by the Governor and take effect on July 1, 2016.

Vote: Senate 34-0; House 117-0