Florida Senate - 2019 SB 342 By Senator Lee 20-00625-19 2019342__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to public records; amending s. 3 97.0585, F.S., and reenacting subsection (3), relating 4 to a public records exemption for information 5 regarding voters and voter registration; providing an 6 exemption from public records requirements for 7 information concerning preregistered voter 8 registration applicants who are minors; providing for 9 future legislative review and repeal; providing for 10 retroactive application; providing a statement of 11 public necessity; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Subsection (1) of section 97.0585, Florida 16 Statutes, is amended, and subsection (3) of that section is 17 reenacted, to read: 18 97.0585 Public records exemption; information regarding 19 voters and voter registration; confidentiality.— 20 (1) The following information held by an agency, as defined 21 in s. 119.011, and obtained for the purpose of voter 22 registration is confidential and exempt from s. 119.07(1) and s. 23 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution and may be used only for 24 purposes of voter registration: 25 (a) All declinations to register to vote made pursuant to 26 ss. 97.057 and 97.058. 27 (b) Information relating to the place where a person 28 registered to vote or where a person updated a voter 29 registration. 30 (c) The social security number, driver license number, and 31 Florida identification number of a voter registration applicant 32 or voter. 33 (d) All information concerning preregistered voter 34 registration applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age. This 35 paragraph is subject to the Open Government Sunset Review Act in 36 accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed on October 2, 37 2024, unless reviewed and saved from repeal through reenactment 38 by the Legislature. 39 (3) This section applies to information held by an agency 40 before, on, or after the effective date of this exemption. 41 Section 2. The Legislature finds that it is a public 42 necessity that all information concerning preregistered voter 43 registration applicants who are 16 or 17 years of age which is 44 held by an agency and obtained for the purpose of voter 45 registration be confidential and exempt from public records 46 requirements and be used only for purposes related to voter 47 registration. Information concerning preregistered 16-year-old 48 and 17-year-old voter registration applicants could be misused 49 if released. Minors are more vulnerable members of society, and 50 the widespread release of information acquired through 51 preregistration activities may be used to solicit, harass, 52 stalk, or intimidate them. Without such protection, a minor may 53 be less likely to take advantage of preregistering to vote, thus 54 hindering the effective and efficient administration of a 55 program that otherwise encourages greater participation in the 56 democratic process. 57 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.