Florida Senate - 2012 SB 566 By Senator Wise 5-00616-12 2012566__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to overseas voting; amending s. 3 101.697, F.S.; requiring that the Department of State 4 adopt rules to authorize a supervisor of elections to 5 accept from an overseas voter a request for an 6 absentee ballot or a voted absentee ballot by secure 7 electronic mail; providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Section 101.697, Florida Statutes, is amended to 12 read: 13 101.697 Electronic transmission of election materials.—The 14 Department of State
shall determine whether secure electronic15 means can be established for receiving ballots from overseas16 voters. If such security can be established, the department17 shall adopt rules to authorize a supervisor of elections to 18 accept from an overseas voter a request for an absentee ballot 19 or a voted absentee ballot by secure facsimile machine 20 transmission, secure electronic mail, or other secure electronic 21 means. The rules must provide that in order to accept a voted 22 ballot, the verification of the voter must be established, the 23 security of the transmission must be established, and each 24 ballot received must be recorded. 25 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.