Florida Senate - 2021                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 90
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Governmental Oversight and Accountability
       (Stewart) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 15 - 56
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
    6  101.68, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
    7         101.68 Canvassing of vote-by-mail ballot.—
    8         (2)(a) The county canvassing board may begin the canvassing
    9  of vote-by-mail ballots upon the completion of the public
   10  testing of automatic tabulating equipment pursuant to s.
   11  101.5612(2) at 7 a.m. on the 22nd day before the election, but
   12  must begin such canvassing by no not later than noon on the day
   13  following the election. In addition, for any county using
   14  electronic tabulating equipment, the processing of vote-by-mail
   15  ballots through such tabulating equipment may begin at 7 a.m. on
   16  the 22nd day before the election. However, notwithstanding any
   17  such authorization to begin canvassing or otherwise processing
   18  vote-by-mail ballots early, no result shall be released until
   19  after the closing of the polls in that county on election day.
   20  Any supervisor, deputy supervisor, canvassing board member,
   21  election board member, or election employee who releases the
   22  results of a canvassing or processing of vote-by-mail ballots
   23  prior to the closing of the polls in that county on election day
   24  commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in
   25  s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
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   28  And the title is amended as follows:
   29         Delete lines 3 - 10
   30  and insert:
   31         101.68, F.S.; authorizing the canvassing of vote-by
   32         mail ballots upon the completion of the public
   33         preelection testing of automatic tabulating equipment;
   34         providing an effective