2005 Florida Statutes
Person desiring to vote may be challenged; challenger to execute oath; oath of person challenged; determination of challenge.
101.111 Person desiring to vote may be challenged; challenger to execute oath; oath of person challenged; determination of challenge.--
(1) When the right to vote of any person who desires to vote is challenged by any elector or poll watcher, the challenge shall be reduced to writing with an oath as provided in this section, giving reasons for the challenge, which shall be delivered to the clerk or inspector. Any elector or poll watcher challenging the right of a person to vote shall execute the oath set forth below:
State of Florida
County of _____
I do solemnly swear that my name is _____; that I am a member of the _____ Party; that I am a registered voter or pollwatcher; that my residence address is _____, in the municipality of _____; and that I have reason to believe that _____ is attempting to vote illegally and the reasons for my belief are set forth herein to wit:
(Signature of person challenging voter)
Sworn and subscribed to before me this _____ day of _____, (year) .
(Clerk of election)
(2) The clerk or inspector shall immediately deliver to the challenged person a copy of the oath of the person entering the challenge, and the challenged voter shall be allowed to cast a provisional ballot.
(3) Any elector or poll watcher may challenge the right of any voter to vote not sooner than 30 days before an election by filing a completed copy of the oath contained in subsection (1) to the supervisor of election's office. The challenged voter shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot.
(4) Any elector or poll watcher filing a frivolous challenge of any person's right to vote commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or 1s. 775.084; however, electors or poll watchers shall not be subject to liability for any action taken in good faith and in furtherance of any activity or duty permitted of such electors or poll watchers by law. Each instance where any elector or poll watcher files a frivolous challenge of any person's right to vote constitutes a separate offense.
History.--s. 43, ch. 4328, 1895; GS 227; s. 43, ch. 6469, 1913; RGS 272, 347; CGL 328, 404; s. 5, ch. 26870, 1951; s. 10, ch. 27991, 1953; s. 23, ch. 28156, 1953; s. 4, ch. 65-380; s. 13, ch. 77-175; s. 554, ch. 95-147; s. 9, ch. 99-6; s. 17, ch. 2003-415; s. 27, ch. 2005-277.
1Note.--Section 775.084 relates to violent career criminals, habitual felony offenders, and habitual violent felony offenders.
Note.--Former ss. 99.26, 102.42.