Florida Senate - 2023                                    SB 1248
       By Senator Ingoglia
       11-00620A-23                                          20231248__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to political parties; providing a
    3         short title; amending s. 103.091, F.S.; requiring the
    4         Division of Elections to immediately cancel the
    5         filings of a political party if certain conditions
    6         exist; requiring the division to follow a certain
    7         procedure; requiring the division to provide a
    8         specified notice to certain voters; authorizing a
    9         canceled political party to reregister with the
   10         Department of State; providing procedures for an
   11         organization to reregister as a political party;
   12         providing an effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. This act may be cited as “The Ultimate Cancel
   17  Act.”
   18         Section 2. Subsection (9) is added to section 103.091,
   19  Florida Statutes, to read:
   20         103.091 Political parties.—
   21         (9) The division shall immediately cancel the filings of a
   22  political party, to include its registration and approved status
   23  as a political party, if the party’s platform has previously
   24  advocated for, or been in support of, slavery or involuntary
   25  servitude. In addition to applicable procedures provided for in
   26  s. 103.095(5), the following procedures must also be followed:
   27         (a)If the division cancels the filings of a political
   28  party, the division must provide notice to each voter registered
   29  with the canceled political party that the political party has
   30  been canceled and his or her voter registration information will
   31  now reflect “No Party Affiliation,” and provide procedures for
   32  the voter to update his or her party affiliation to an active
   33  political party.
   34         (b)Any political party canceled pursuant to this
   35  subsection may reregister with the department by filing a
   36  certificate showing the name of the organization and the names
   37  and addresses of its current officers, including the members of
   38  its executive committee, accompanied by a completed uniform
   39  statewide voter registration application as specified in s.
   40  97.052 for each of its current officers and members of its
   41  executive committee which reflects their affiliation with the
   42  proposed political party, and a copy of its constitution,
   43  bylaws, and rules and regulations.
   44         1.The name of the organization must be substantially
   45  different from the name of any other party previously registered
   46  with the department.
   47         2.The filing may not be submitted later than 6 months
   48  before any election in which the political party seeking to
   49  register wishes to nominate candidates for public office.
   50         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.