Florida Senate - 2017 SB 544 By Senator Braynon 35-00331-17 2017544__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to vote-by-mail ballots; amending s. 3 101.68, F.S.; requiring a supervisor of elections to 4 allow submission of an affidavit to cure signature 5 discrepancies on a vote-by-mail ballot; correcting a 6 scrivener’s error; providing an effective date. 7 8 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (4) of section 11 101.68, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 12 101.68 Canvassing of vote-by-mail ballot.— 13 (4) 14 (b) Until 5 p.m. on the day before an election, the 15 supervisor shall allow an elector who has returned a vote-by 16 mail ballot that does not include the elector’s signature, or 17 that was rejected due to a difference between the elector’s 18 signature on the voter’s certificate or vote-by-mail ballot 19 affidavit and the elector’s signature in the registration books 20 or precinct register, to complete and submit an affidavit in 21 order to cure the
unsignedvote-by-mail ballot. 22 (d) Instructions must accompany the vote-by-mail ballot 23 affidavit in substantially the following form: 24 25 READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING THE 26 AFFIDAVIT. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY CAUSE YOUR 27 BALLOT NOT TO COUNT. 28 29 1. In order to ensure that your vote-by-mail ballot will be 30 counted, your affidavit should be completed and returned as soon 31 as possible so that it can reach the supervisor of elections of 32 the county in which your precinct is located no later than 5 33 p.m. on the 2ndday before the election. 34 2. You must sign your name on the line above (Voter’s 35 Signature). 36 3. You must make a copy of one of the following forms of 37 identification: 38 a. Identification that includes your name and photograph: 39 United States passport; debit or credit card; military 40 identification; student identification; retirement center 41 identification; neighborhood association identification; public 42 assistance identification; veteran health identification card 43 issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; a 44 Florida license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm; or an 45 employee identification card issued by any branch, department, 46 agency, or entity of the Federal Government, the state, a 47 county, or a municipality; or 48 b. Identification that shows your name and current 49 residence address: current utility bill, bank statement, 50 government check, paycheck, or government document (excluding 51 voter identification card). 52 4. Place the envelope bearing the affidavit into a mailing 53 envelope addressed to the supervisor. Insert a copy of your 54 identification in the mailing envelope. Mail, deliver, or have 55 delivered the completed affidavit along with the copy of your 56 identification to your county supervisor of elections. Be sure 57 there is sufficient postage if mailed and that the supervisor’s 58 address is correct. 59 5. Alternatively, you may fax or e-mail your completed 60 affidavit and a copy of your identification to the supervisor of 61 elections. If e-mailing, please provide these documents as 62 attachments. 63 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2017.