Florida Senate - 2017 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
Bill No. SB 726
Senate . House
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The Committee on Ethics and Elections (Powell) recommended the
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
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:
(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 of Elections of the Department of State
45 shall adopt uniform rules for the receipt 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.