Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1372
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Ethics and Elections (Brandes) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section
    6  101.043, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         101.043 Identification required at polls.—
    8         (1)
    9         (b) If the picture identification does not contain the
   10  signature of the elector, an additional identification that
   11  provides the elector’s signature shall be required. The address
   12  appearing on the identification presented by the elector may not
   13  be used as the basis to confirm an elector’s legal residence or
   14  otherwise challenge an elector’s legal residence. The elector
   15  shall sign his or her name in the space provided on the precinct
   16  register or on an electronic device provided for recording the
   17  elector’s signature. The clerk or inspector shall compare the
   18  signature with that on the identification provided by the
   19  elector and enter his or her initials in the space provided on
   20  the precinct register or on an electronic device provided for
   21  that purpose and allow the elector to vote if the clerk or
   22  inspector is satisfied as to the identity of the elector.
   23         Section 2. Subsection (2) of section 101.5612, Florida
   24  Statutes, is amended to read:
   25         101.5612 Testing of tabulating equipment.—
   26         (2) On any day not more than 25 10 days before prior to the
   27  commencement of early voting as provided in s. 101.657, the
   28  supervisor of elections shall have the automatic tabulating
   29  equipment publicly tested to ascertain that the equipment will
   30  correctly count the votes cast for all offices and on all
   31  measures. If the ballots to be used at the polling place on
   32  election day are not available at the time of the testing, the
   33  supervisor may conduct an additional test not more than 10 days
   34  before election day. Public notice of the time and place of the
   35  test shall be given at least 48 hours prior thereto by
   36  publication on the supervisor of elections’ website and once in
   37  one or more newspapers of general circulation in the county or,
   38  if there is no newspaper of general circulation in the county,
   39  by posting the notice in at least four conspicuous places in the
   40  county. The supervisor or the municipal elections official may,
   41  at the time of qualifying, give written notice of the time and
   42  location of the public preelection test to each candidate
   43  qualifying with that office and obtain a signed receipt that the
   44  notice has been given. The Department of State shall give
   45  written notice to each statewide candidate at the time of
   46  qualifying, or immediately at the end of qualifying, that the
   47  voting equipment will be tested and advise each candidate to
   48  contact the county supervisor of elections as to the time and
   49  location of the public preelection test. The supervisor or the
   50  municipal elections official shall, at least 30 15 days before
   51  prior to the commencement of early voting as provided in s.
   52  101.657, send written notice by certified mail to the county
   53  party chair of each political party and to all candidates for
   54  other than statewide office whose names appear on the ballot in
   55  the county and who did not receive written notification from the
   56  supervisor or municipal elections official at the time of
   57  qualifying, stating the time and location of the public
   58  preelection test of the automatic tabulating equipment. The
   59  canvassing board shall convene, and each member of the
   60  canvassing board shall certify to the accuracy of the test. For
   61  the test, the canvassing board may designate one member to
   62  represent it. The test shall be open to representatives of the
   63  political parties, the press, and the public. Each political
   64  party may designate one person with expertise in the computer
   65  field who shall be allowed in the central counting room when all
   66  tests are being conducted and when the official votes are being
   67  counted. The designee shall not interfere with the normal
   68  operation of the canvassing board.
   69         Section 3. Paragraph (a) of subsection (4) of section
   70  101.5614, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   71         101.5614 Canvass of returns.—
   72         (4)(a) If any vote-by-mail ballot is physically damaged so
   73  that it cannot properly be counted by the automatic tabulating
   74  equipment, a true duplicate copy shall be made of the damaged
   75  ballot in the presence of witnesses and substituted for the
   76  damaged ballot. Likewise, A duplicate ballot must also shall be
   77  made of a vote-by-mail ballot containing an overvoted race or a
   78  marked vote-by-mail ballot in which every race is undervoted,
   79  including which shall include all valid votes as determined by
   80  the canvassing board based on rules adopted by the division
   81  pursuant to s. 102.166(4). Upon request, a physically present
   82  candidate, a political party official, a political committee
   83  official, or an authorized designee thereof, must be allowed to
   84  observe the duplication of ballots. All duplicate ballots shall
   85  be clearly labeled “duplicate,” bear a serial number which shall
   86  be recorded on the defective ballot, and be counted in lieu of
   87  the defective ballot. After a ballot has been duplicated, the
   88  defective ballot shall be placed in an envelope provided for
   89  that purpose, and the duplicate ballot shall be tallied with the
   90  other ballots for that precinct.
   91         Section 4. Subsection (1) of section 101.6103, Florida
   92  Statutes, is amended to read:
   93         101.6103 Mail ballot election procedure.—
   94         (1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (7), the
   95  supervisor of elections shall mail all official ballots with a
   96  secrecy envelope, a return mailing envelope, and instructions
   97  sufficient to describe the voting process to each elector
   98  entitled to vote in the election not sooner than the 40th 20th
   99  day before the election and not later than the 10th day before
  100  the date of the election. All such ballots shall be mailed by
  101  first-class mail. Ballots shall be addressed to each elector at
  102  the address appearing in the registration records and placed in
  103  an envelope which is prominently marked “Do Not Forward.”
  104         Section 5. Subsection (4) of section 103.091, Florida
  105  Statutes, is amended to read:
  106         103.091 Political parties.—
  107         (4) Any political party other than a minor political party
  108  may by rule provide for the membership of its state or county
  109  executive committee to be elected for 4-year terms at the
  110  primary election in each year a presidential election is held.
  111  The terms begin shall commence on the first day of the month
  112  following each presidential general election,; but the names of
  113  candidates for political party offices may shall not be placed
  114  on the ballot at any other election. The results of such
  115  election shall be determined by a plurality of the votes cast.
  116  In such event, electors seeking to qualify for such office shall
  117  do so with the Department of State or supervisor of elections no
  118  not earlier than noon of the 71st day, or later than noon of the
  119  67th day, preceding the primary election. Notwithstanding the
  120  qualifying period prescribed in this subsection, a qualifying
  121  office may accept and hold qualifying papers submitted no
  122  earlier than 14 days before the beginning of the qualifying
  123  period, to be processed and filed during the qualifying period.
  124  The outgoing chair of each county executive committee shall,
  125  within 30 days after the committee members take office, hold an
  126  organizational meeting of all newly elected members for the
  127  purpose of electing officers. The chair of each state executive
  128  committee shall, within 60 days after the committee members take
  129  office, hold an organizational meeting of all newly elected
  130  members for the purpose of electing officers.
  131         Section 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 2020.
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  134  And the title is amended as follows:
  135         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  136  and insert:
  137                        A bill to be entitled                      
  138         An act relating to elections; amending s. 101.043,
  139         F.S.; deleting a provision that prohibits the use of
  140         an address appearing on identification presented by an
  141         elector at the polls as a basis to confirm an
  142         elector’s legal residence; amending s. 101.5612, F.S.;
  143         revising the timeframes for conducting public
  144         preelection testing of automatic tabulating equipment;
  145         amending s. 101.5614, F.S.; removing the requirement
  146         that duplicate ballots be made of vote-by-mail ballots
  147         containing overvoted races; amending s. 101.6103,
  148         F.S.; revising the timeframe in which the supervisor
  149         of elections must mail ballots in elections conducted
  150         under the Mail Ballot Election Act; amending s.
  151         103.091, F.S.; authorizing a qualifying office to
  152         accept and hold qualifying papers for candidates for
  153         political party executive committees before the
  154         beginning of the qualifying period; providing an
  155         effective date.