Florida Senate - 2017                          SENATOR AMENDMENT
       Bill No. HB 521
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                Floor: 1/AD/2R         .                                
             05/03/2017 11:04 AM       .                                

       Senator Powell moved the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Section 101.69, Florida Statutes, is amended to
    6  read:
    7         101.69 Voting in person; return of vote-by-mail ballot.—
    8         (1) The provisions of this code shall not be construed to
    9  prohibit any elector from voting in person at the elector’s
   10  precinct on the day of an election or at an early voting site,
   11  notwithstanding that the elector has requested a vote-by-mail
   12  ballot for that election. An elector who has returned a voted
   13  vote-by-mail ballot to the supervisor, however, is deemed to
   14  have cast his or her ballot and is not entitled to vote another
   15  ballot or to have a provisional ballot counted by the county
   16  canvassing board. An elector who has received a vote-by-mail
   17  ballot and has not returned the voted ballot to the supervisor,
   18  but desires to vote in person, shall return the ballot, whether
   19  voted or not, to the election board in the elector’s precinct or
   20  to an early voting site. The returned ballot shall be marked
   21  “canceled” by the board and placed with other canceled ballots.
   22  However, if the elector does not return the ballot and the
   23  election official:
   24         (a)(1) Confirms that the supervisor has received the
   25  elector’s vote-by-mail ballot, the elector shall not be allowed
   26  to vote in person. If the elector maintains that he or she has
   27  not returned the vote-by-mail ballot or remains eligible to
   28  vote, the elector shall be provided a provisional ballot as
   29  provided in s. 101.048.
   30         (b)(2) Confirms that the supervisor has not received the
   31  elector’s vote-by-mail ballot, the elector shall be allowed to
   32  vote in person as provided in this code. The elector’s vote-by
   33  mail ballot, if subsequently received, shall not be counted and
   34  shall remain in the mailing envelope, and the envelope shall be
   35  marked “Rejected as Illegal.”
   36         (c)(3) Cannot determine whether the supervisor has received
   37  the elector’s vote-by-mail ballot, the elector may vote a
   38  provisional ballot as provided in s. 101.048.
   39         (2)(a) If the elector chooses not to vote in person as
   40  provided in subsection (1), the elector may vote by personally
   41  delivering his or her completed vote-by-mail ballot to an early
   42  voting site in the elector’s county of residence during the
   43  early voting site’s hours of operation.
   44         (b) The division shall adopt uniform rules for the receipt
   45  of the ballots.
   46         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.
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   49  And the title is amended as follows:
   50         Delete everything before the enacting clause
   51  and insert:
   52                        A bill to be entitled                      
   53         An act relating to vote-by-mail ballots; amending s.
   54         101.69, F.S.; authorizing an elector to vote by
   55         personally delivering his or her completed vote-by
   56         mail ballot to an early voting site in the elector’s
   57         county of residence during the site’s hours of
   58         operation; requiring the Division of Elections to
   59         adopt rules; providing an effective date.