Florida Senate - 2016                              CS for SB 744
       By the Committee on Ethics and Elections; and Senator Bean
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    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to addresses of legal residence;
    3         amending s. 97.021, F.S.; defining the term “address
    4         of legal residence”; amending s. 97.053, F.S.;
    5         requiring a complete voter registration application to
    6         include the applicant’s address of legal residence;
    7         specifying that an applicant’s failure to include
    8         additional distinguishing information on an
    9         application does not affect his or her qualifications
   10         to register or vote; amending s. 97.057, F.S.;
   11         conforming a provision; amending s. 98.015, F.S.;
   12         providing that a list of valid addresses maintained by
   13         a supervisor of elections include certain additional
   14         distinguishing information; providing an effective
   15         date.
   17  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   19         Section 1. Present subsections (3) through (44) of section
   20  97.021, Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (4)
   21  through (45), respectively, and a new subsection (3) is added to
   22  that section, to read:
   23         97.021 Definitions.—For the purposes of this code, except
   24  where the context clearly indicates otherwise, the term:
   25         (3) “Address of legal residence” means the legal
   26  residential address of the elector and includes all information
   27  necessary to differentiate one residence from another,
   28  including, but not limited to, a distinguishing apartment,
   29  suite, lot, room, or dormitory room number or other identifier.
   30         Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (5) of section
   31  97.053, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   32         97.053 Acceptance of voter registration applications.—
   33         (5)(a) A voter registration application is complete if it
   34  contains the following information necessary to establish the
   35  applicant’s eligibility pursuant to s. 97.041, including:
   36         1. The applicant’s name.
   37         2. The applicant’s address of legal residence address.
   38  Failure to include a distinguishing apartment, suite, lot, room,
   39  or dormitory room number or other identifier on a voter
   40  registration application does not impact a voter’s eligibility
   41  to register to vote or cast a ballot, and such an omission may
   42  not serve as the basis for a challenge to a voter’s eligibility
   43  or as a reason to not count a ballot.
   44         3. The applicant’s date of birth.
   45         4. A mark in the checkbox affirming that the applicant is a
   46  citizen of the United States.
   47         5.a. The applicant’s current and valid Florida driver
   48  license number or the identification number from a Florida
   49  identification card issued under s. 322.051, or
   50         b. If the applicant has not been issued a current and valid
   51  Florida driver license or a Florida identification card, the
   52  last four digits of the applicant’s social security number.
   54  In case an applicant has not been issued a current and valid
   55  Florida driver license, Florida identification card, or social
   56  security number, the applicant shall affirm this fact in the
   57  manner prescribed in the uniform statewide voter registration
   58  application.
   59         6. A mark in the checkbox affirming that the applicant has
   60  not been convicted of a felony or that, if convicted, has had
   61  his or her civil rights restored.
   62         7. A mark in the checkbox affirming that the applicant has
   63  not been adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to
   64  voting or that, if so adjudicated, has had his or her right to
   65  vote restored.
   66         8. The original signature or a digital signature
   67  transmitted by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
   68  Vehicles of the applicant swearing or affirming under the
   69  penalty for false swearing pursuant to s. 104.011 that the
   70  information contained in the registration application is true
   71  and subscribing to the oath required by s. 3, Art. VI of the
   72  State Constitution and s. 97.051.
   73         Section 3. Subsection (10) of section 97.057, Florida
   74  Statutes, is amended to read:
   75         97.057 Voter registration by the Department of Highway
   76  Safety and Motor Vehicles.—
   77         (10) The department shall provide the Department of Highway
   78  Safety and Motor Vehicles with an electronic database of street
   79  addresses valid for use as an address of the legal residence
   80  address as required in s. 97.053(5). The Department of Highway
   81  Safety and Motor Vehicles shall compare the address provided by
   82  the applicant against the database of valid street addresses. If
   83  the address provided by the applicant does not match a valid
   84  street address in the database, the applicant will be asked to
   85  verify the address provided. The Department of Highway Safety
   86  and Motor Vehicles may shall not reject any application for
   87  voter registration for which a valid match cannot be made.
   88         Section 4. Subsection (12) of section 98.015, Florida
   89  Statutes, is amended to read:
   90         98.015 Supervisor of elections; election, tenure of office,
   91  compensation, custody of registration-related documents, office
   92  hours, successor, seal; appointment of deputy supervisors;
   93  duties.—
   94         (12) Each supervisor shall maintain a list of valid
   95  residential street addresses for purposes of verifying the legal
   96  addresses of voters residing in the supervisor’s county. To the
   97  maximum extent practicable, the list must include information
   98  necessary to differentiate one residence from another,
   99  including, but not limited to, a distinguishing apartment,
  100  suite, lot, room, or dormitory room number or other identifier.
  101  The supervisor shall make all reasonable efforts to coordinate
  102  with county 911 service providers, property appraisers, the
  103  United States Postal Service, or other agencies as necessary to
  104  ensure the continued accuracy of such list. The supervisor shall
  105  provide the list of valid residential addresses to the statewide
  106  voter registration system in the manner and frequency specified
  107  by rule of the department. 
  108         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.