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

       The Committee on Ethics and Elections (Polsky) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 17 - 56
    4  and insert:
    5         (1)(a) The supervisor shall accept a request for a vote-by
    6  mail ballot from an elector in person or in writing. One request
    7  is shall be deemed sufficient to receive a vote-by-mail ballot
    8  for all elections until the elector or the elector’s designee
    9  notifies the supervisor that the elector rescinds such request
   10  through the end of the calendar year of the second ensuing
   11  regularly scheduled general election, unless the elector or the
   12  elector’s designee indicates at the time the request is made the
   13  elections for which the elector desires to receive a vote-by
   14  mail ballot. Such request may be considered canceled when any
   15  first-class mail sent by the supervisor to the elector is
   16  returned as undeliverable.
   17         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
   18  101.68, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   19         101.68 Canvassing of vote-by-mail ballot.—
   20         (2)(a) The county canvassing board may begin the canvassing
   21  of vote-by-mail ballots upon the completion of the public
   22  testing of automatic tabulating equipment pursuant to s.
   23  101.5612(2) at 7 a.m. on the 22nd day before the election, but
   24  must begin such canvassing by no not later than noon on the day
   25  following the election. In addition, for any county using
   26  electronic tabulating equipment, the processing of vote-by-mail
   27  ballots through such tabulating equipment may begin at 7 a.m. on
   28  the 22nd day before the election. However, notwithstanding any
   29  such authorization to begin canvassing or otherwise processing
   30  vote-by-mail ballots early, no result shall be released until
   31  after the closing of the polls in that county on election day.
   32  Any supervisor, deputy supervisor, canvassing board member,
   33  election board member, or election employee who releases the
   34  results of a canvassing or processing of vote-by-mail ballots
   35  prior to the closing of the polls in that county on election day
   36  commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in
   37  s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
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   40  And the title is amended as follows:
   41         Delete lines 3 - 9
   42  and insert:
   43         101.62, F.S.; authorizing standing vote-by-mail ballot
   44         requests until such a request is rescinded by an
   45         elector or the elector’s designee; amending s. 101.68,
   46         F.S.; authorizing the canvassing of vote-by-mail
   47         ballots upon the completion of the public preelection
   48         testing of automatic tabulating equipment; providing
   49         an effective