Florida Senate - 2015 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 228 Ì723000PÎ723000 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 03/17/2015 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Ethics and Elections (Clemens) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 97.0525, Florida Statutes, is created to 6 read: 7 97.0525 Online voter registration.— 8 (1) Beginning October 1, 2017, an applicant may submit an 9 online voter registration application using the procedures set 10 forth in this section. 11 (2) The division shall establish a secure Internet website 12 to permit an applicant to: 13 (a) Submit a voter registration application, including 14 first-time voter registration applications and updates to 15 existing voter registration records. 16 (b) Submit information necessary to establish an 17 applicant’s eligibility to vote, pursuant to s. 97.041, which 18 must include the information required for the uniform statewide 19 voter registration application pursuant to s. 97.052(2). 20 (c) Swear to the oath required pursuant to s. 97.051. 21 (3) The division shall establish appropriate technological 22 security measures, including use of a unique identifier for each 23 applicant, to prevent unauthorized persons from altering a 24 voter’s registration information. 25 (4)(a) The online voter registration system shall compare 26 the Florida driver license number or Florida identification 27 number submitted pursuant to s. 97.052(2)(n) with information 28 maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor 29 Vehicles to confirm that the name and date of birth on the 30 application are consistent with the records of the Department of 31 Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 32 (b) If the applicant’s name and date of birth are 33 consistent with the records of the Department of Highway Safety 34 and Motor Vehicles, the online voter registration system shall 35 transmit, using the statewide voter registration system 36 maintained pursuant to s. 98.035, the applicant’s registration 37 application, along with the digital signature of the applicant 38 on file with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor 39 Vehicles, to the supervisor of elections. The applicant’s 40 digital signature satisfies the signature requirement of s. 41 97.052(2)(q). 42 (c) If the applicant’s name and date of birth cannot be 43 verified by the records of the Department of Highway Safety and 44 Motor Vehicles, or if the applicant indicated that he or she has 45 not been issued a Florida driver license or Florida 46 identification card, the online voter registration system shall 47 populate the applicant’s information into a printable voter 48 registration application pursuant to s. 97.052(2) and direct the 49 applicant to print, sign, and date the application and deliver 50 the application to the supervisor of elections for disposition 51 pursuant to s. 97.073. 52 (5) Upon submission of a completed online voter 53 registration application, the website must generate an immediate 54 electronic confirmation that the supervisor of elections has 55 received the application and provide instructions regarding the 56 ability of a registrant to check the status of the application 57 thereafter. 58 (6) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the 59 supervisor of elections shall process the application pursuant 60 to s. 97.053. 61 (7) The online voter registration system must conform to 62 nationally accepted standards for accessibility for individuals 63 with disabilities, including s. 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 64 1973, s. 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the Web 65 Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web 66 Consortium, to ensure equal access for voters with disabilities. 67 (8) A legal distinction may not be made between online 68 voter registration under this section and voter registration in 69 person, by mail, or by other methods provided by general law. 70 Section 2. No later than January 1, 2016, the Division of 71 Elections shall submit a report to the President of the Senate 72 and the Speaker of the House of Representatives regarding the 73 implementation of online voter registration. In the report, the 74 division shall summarize progress to date in implementing online 75 voter registration and expected implementation timeframes, and 76 shall propose any further legislation needed to facilitate 77 online voter registration. 78 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015. 79 80 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 81 And the title is amended as follows: 82 Delete everything before the enacting clause 83 and insert: 84 A bill to be entitled 85 An act relating to online voter registration; creating 86 s. 97.0525, F.S.; requiring the Division of Elections 87 of the Department of State to develop an online voter 88 registration system; providing application and 89 security requirements; requiring the system to compare 90 information submitted online with Department of 91 Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records; providing 92 for the disposition of voter registration 93 applications; requiring system compliance with federal 94 accessibility provisions; providing for construction; 95 requiring the division to report to the Legislature 96 regarding online voter registration implementation by 97 a specified date; providing an effective date.