Florida Senate - 2012                                    SB 1720
       By Senator Smith
       29-00894-12                                           20121720__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to envelopes used to conceal the
    3         voter’s choices; amending s. 101.5603, F.S.;
    4         redefining the term “secrecy envelope” to include a
    5         device marked with a tinted pattern on the inside;
    6         providing an effective date.
    8  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   10         Section 1. Section 101.5603, Florida Statutes, is amended
   11  to read:
   12         101.5603 Definitions relating to Electronic Voting Systems
   13  Act.—As used in this act, the term:
   14         (1) “Automatic tabulating equipment” includes apparatus
   15  necessary to automatically examine, count, and record votes.
   16         (2) “Ballot” means the card, tape, or other vehicle upon
   17  which the elector’s choices are recorded.
   18         (3) “Ballot information” means the material containing the
   19  names of offices and candidates and the questions to be voted
   20  on.
   21         (4) “Electronic or electromechanical voting system” means a
   22  system of casting votes by use of voting devices or marking
   23  devices and counting ballots by employing automatic tabulating
   24  equipment or data processing equipment, and the term includes
   25  touchscreen systems.
   26         (5) “Marking device” means any approved device for marking
   27  a ballot with ink or other substance which will enable the
   28  ballot to be tabulated by means of automatic tabulating
   29  equipment.
   30         (6) “Secrecy envelope” means an opaque device or a device
   31  marked with a tinted pattern on the inside, used for enclosing a
   32  marked ballot, which conceals the voter’s choices.
   33         (7) “Software” means the programs and routines used to
   34  employ and control the capabilities of data processing hardware,
   35  including, without limitation, operating systems, compilers,
   36  assemblers, utilities, library routines, maintenance routines,
   37  applications, and computer networking programs.
   38         (8) “Voting device” means an apparatus by which votes are
   39  registered electronically.
   40         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.