Florida Senate - 2015 CS for CS for SB 228 By the Committees on Appropriations; and Ethics and Elections; and Senators Clemens and Richter 576-04236-15 2015228c2 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to online voter registration; creating 3 s. 97.0525, F.S.; requiring the Division of Elections 4 of the Department of State to develop an online voter 5 registration system; providing application and 6 security requirements; requiring the system to compare 7 information submitted online with Department of 8 Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records; providing 9 for the disposition of voter registration 10 applications; requiring system compliance with federal 11 accessibility provisions; providing for construction; 12 requiring the division to report to the Legislature 13 regarding online voter registration implementation by 14 a specified date; providing an appropriation; 15 providing an effective date. 16 17 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 18 19 Section 1. Section 97.0525, Florida Statutes, is created to 20 read: 21 97.0525 Online voter registration.— 22 (1) Beginning October 1, 2017, an applicant may submit an 23 online voter registration application using the procedures set 24 forth in this section. 25 (2) The division shall establish a secure Internet website 26 to permit an applicant to: 27 (a) Submit a voter registration application, including 28 first-time voter registration applications and updates to 29 existing voter registration records. 30 (b) Submit information necessary to establish an 31 applicant’s eligibility to vote, pursuant to s. 97.041, which 32 must include the information required for the uniform statewide 33 voter registration application pursuant to s. 97.052(2). 34 (c) Swear to the oath required pursuant to s. 97.051. 35 (3) The division shall establish appropriate technological 36 security measures, including use of a unique identifier for each 37 applicant, to prevent unauthorized persons from altering a 38 voter’s registration information. 39 (4)(a) The online voter registration system shall compare 40 the Florida driver license number or Florida identification 41 number submitted pursuant to s. 97.052(2)(n) with information 42 maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor 43 Vehicles to confirm that the name and date of birth on the 44 application are consistent with the records of the Department of 45 Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 46 (b) If the applicant’s name and date of birth are 47 consistent with the records of the Department of Highway Safety 48 and Motor Vehicles, the online voter registration system shall 49 transmit, using the statewide voter registration system 50 maintained pursuant to s. 98.035, the applicant’s registration 51 application, along with the digital signature of the applicant 52 on file with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor 53 Vehicles, to the supervisor of elections. The applicant’s 54 digital signature satisfies the signature requirement of s. 55 97.052(2)(q). 56 (c) If the applicant’s name and date of birth cannot be 57 verified by the records of the Department of Highway Safety and 58 Motor Vehicles, or if the applicant indicated that he or she has 59 not been issued a Florida driver license or Florida 60 identification card, the online voter registration system shall 61 populate the applicant’s information into a printable voter 62 registration application pursuant to s. 97.052(2) and direct the 63 applicant to print, sign, and date the application and deliver 64 the application to the supervisor of elections for disposition 65 pursuant to s. 97.073. 66 (5) Upon submission of a completed online voter 67 registration application, the website must generate an immediate 68 electronic confirmation that the supervisor of elections has 69 received the application and provide instructions regarding the 70 ability of a registrant to check the status of the application 71 thereafter. 72 (6) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the 73 supervisor of elections shall process the application pursuant 74 to s. 97.053. 75 (7) The online voter registration system must conform to 76 nationally accepted standards for accessibility for individuals 77 with disabilities, including s. 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 78 1973, s. 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the Web 79 Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web 80 Consortium, to ensure equal access for voters with disabilities. 81 (8) A legal distinction may not be made between online 82 voter registration under this section and voter registration in 83 person, by mail, or by other methods provided by general law. 84 Section 2. No later than January 1, 2016, the Division of 85 Elections shall submit a report to the President of the Senate 86 and the Speaker of the House of Representatives regarding the 87 implementation of online voter registration. In the report, the 88 division shall summarize progress to date in implementing online 89 voter registration and expected implementation timeframes, and 90 shall propose any further legislation needed to facilitate 91 online voter registration. 92 Section 3. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the sum of $1.8 93 million in nonrecurring funds from the Federal Grants Trust Fund 94 is appropriated to the Department of State to implement this 95 act. 96 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.