Florida Senate - 2019 SB 460 By Senator Gibson 6-00600-19 2019460__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to elections; amending s. 101.043, 3 F.S.; removing the requirement that identification 4 presented by an elector at the polls contain the 5 elector’s signature; prohibiting an election clerk or 6 inspector from comparing the elector’s signatures on 7 the precinct register and the provided form of 8 identification; amending s. 101.151, F.S.; revising 9 requirements for Department of State rules regarding 10 ballot layout; repealing s. 101.49, F.S., relating to 11 procedures of election officers when an elector’s 12 signatures differ; amending s. 101.5608, F.S.; 13 conforming a provision to changes made by the act; 14 providing an effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section 19 101.043, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 20 101.043 Identification required at polls.— 21 (1) 22 (b)
If the picture identification does not contain the23 signature of the elector, an additional identification that24 provides the elector’s signature shall be required.The address 25 appearing on the identification presented by the elector may not 26 be used as the basis to confirm an elector’s legal residence or 27 otherwise challenge an elector’s legal residence. The elector 28 shall sign his or her name in the space provided on the precinct 29 register or on an electronic device provided for recording the 30 elector’s signature. The clerk or inspector shall compare the31 signature with that on the identification provided by the32 elector andenter his or her initials in the space provided on 33 the precinct register or on an electronic device provided for 34 that purpose after the elector signs his or her name and allow 35 the elector to vote if the clerk or inspector is satisfied as to 36 the identity of the elector. The clerk or inspector may not 37 compare the elector’s signature on the precinct register or the 38 electronic device with that on the identification provided by 39 the elector and may not use a discrepancy between the two 40 signatures as a basis for challenging the elector’s eligibility 41 to vote. 42 Section 2. Subsection (9) of section 101.151, Florida 43 Statutes, is amended to read: 44 101.151 Specifications for ballots.— 45 (9)(a) The Department of State shall adopt rules 46 prescribing a uniform primary and general election ballot for 47 each certified voting system. The rules must shallincorporate 48 the requirements set forth in this section and shallprescribe 49 additional matters and forms that include, without limitation: 50 1. Clear and unambiguous ballot instructions and 51 directions; 52 2. Individual race layout; and 53 3. Overall ballot layout. 54 (b) Additionally, the departmentrules must: shall55 1. Require that the ballot title and the ballot 56 instructions and directions be centered across the top of the 57 first page of a marksense ballot and on the first screen of a 58 touchscreen ballot and not appear aligned to the left on the 59 page or column of the ballot. 60 2. Graphically depict a sample uniform primary and general 61 election ballot form for each certified voting system. 62 Section 3. Section 101.49, Florida Statutes, is repealed. 63 Section 4. Subsection (1) of section 101.5608, Florida 64 Statutes, is amended to read: 65 101.5608 Voting by electronic or electromechanical method; 66 procedures.— 67 (1) Each elector desiring to vote shall be identified to 68 the clerk or inspector of the election as a duly qualified 69 elector of such election and shall sign his or her name on the 70 precinct register or other form or device provided by the 71 supervisor. The inspector shall compare the signature with the72 signature on the identification provided by the elector.If the 73 inspector is reasonably sure that the person is entitled to 74 vote, the inspector shall provide the person with a ballot. 75 Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.