Florida Senate - 2015 SB 1194 By Senator Joyner 19-01371A-15 20151194__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to overseas absentee ballots; amending 3 s. 101.697, F.S.; requiring the Department of State to 4 develop instructions and procedures for the electronic 5 submission of voted absentee ballots from overseas 6 voters; requiring the department, in consultation with 7 supervisors of elections, to develop security 8 measures; prescribing requirements for such security 9 measures; requiring the department to perform an 10 annual security assessment; providing an effective 11 date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Section 101.697, Florida Statutes, is amended to 16 read: 17 101.697 Electronic transmission of election materials.—The 18 Department of State shall
determine whether secure electronic19 means can be established for receiving ballots from overseas20 voters. If such security can be established, the department21 shalladopt rules to authorize a supervisor of elections to 22 accept from an overseas voter, including uniformed and civilian 23 overseas absentee voters, a request for an absentee ballot or a 24 voted absentee ballot by secure facsimile machine transmission 25 or other secure electronic means. The rules must provide that in 26 order to accept a voted ballot, the verification of the voter 27 must be established, the security of the transmission must be 28 established, and each ballot received must be recorded. The 29 department shall provide instructions, procedures, and services 30 for the secure return of voted absentee ballots by electronic 31 means under this section. The department shall, in consultation 32 with supervisors of elections, develop security measures to 33 ensure the accuracy and integrity of absentee voting by 34 electronic means and to reasonably secure the transmission, 35 processing, and storage of voter data from interception and 36 unauthorized access. The department shall perform an annual 37 security assessment after each election to evaluate the number 38 of or any discrepancy in the votes received electronically. 39 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.