Florida Senate - 2015 CS for SB 228 By the Committee on Ethics and Elections; and Senators Clemens and Richter 582-02440-15 2015228c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to online voter registration; creating 3 s. 97.0525, F.S.; requiring the Division of Elections 4 of the Department of State to develop an online voter 5 registration system; providing application and 6 security requirements; requiring the system to compare 7 information submitted online with Department of 8 Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records; providing 9 for the disposition of voter registration 10 applications; requiring system compliance with federal 11 accessibility provisions; providing for construction; 12 requiring the division to report to the Legislature 13 regarding online voter registration implementation by 14 a specified date; providing an effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 97.0525, Florida Statutes, is created to 19 read: 20 97.0525 Online voter registration.— 21 (1) Beginning October 1, 2017, an applicant may submit an 22 online voter registration application using the procedures set 23 forth in this section. 24 (2) The division shall establish a secure Internet website 25 to permit an applicant to: 26 (a) Submit a voter registration application, including 27 first-time voter registration applications and updates to 28 existing voter registration records. 29 (b) Submit information necessary to establish an 30 applicant’s eligibility to vote, pursuant to s. 97.041, which 31 must include the information required for the uniform statewide 32 voter registration application pursuant to s. 97.052(2). 33 (c) Swear to the oath required pursuant to s. 97.051. 34 (3) The division shall establish appropriate technological 35 security measures, including use of a unique identifier for each 36 applicant, to prevent unauthorized persons from altering a 37 voter’s registration information. 38 (4)(a) The online voter registration system shall compare 39 the Florida driver license number or Florida identification 40 number submitted pursuant to s. 97.052(2)(n) with information 41 maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor 42 Vehicles to confirm that the name and date of birth on the 43 application are consistent with the records of the Department of 44 Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 45 (b) If the applicant’s name and date of birth are 46 consistent with the records of the Department of Highway Safety 47 and Motor Vehicles, the online voter registration system shall 48 transmit, using the statewide voter registration system 49 maintained pursuant to s. 98.035, the applicant’s registration 50 application, along with the digital signature of the applicant 51 on file with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor 52 Vehicles, to the supervisor of elections. The applicant’s 53 digital signature satisfies the signature requirement of s. 54 97.052(2)(q). 55 (c) If the applicant’s name and date of birth cannot be 56 verified by the records of the Department of Highway Safety and 57 Motor Vehicles, or if the applicant indicated that he or she has 58 not been issued a Florida driver license or Florida 59 identification card, the online voter registration system shall 60 populate the applicant’s information into a printable voter 61 registration application pursuant to s. 97.052(2) and direct the 62 applicant to print, sign, and date the application and deliver 63 the application to the supervisor of elections for disposition 64 pursuant to s. 97.073. 65 (5) Upon submission of a completed online voter 66 registration application, the website must generate an immediate 67 electronic confirmation that the supervisor of elections has 68 received the application and provide instructions regarding the 69 ability of a registrant to check the status of the application 70 thereafter. 71 (6) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the 72 supervisor of elections shall process the application pursuant 73 to s. 97.053. 74 (7) The online voter registration system must conform to 75 nationally accepted standards for accessibility for individuals 76 with disabilities, including s. 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 77 1973, s. 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the Web 78 Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web 79 Consortium, to ensure equal access for voters with disabilities. 80 (8) A legal distinction may not be made between online 81 voter registration under this section and voter registration in 82 person, by mail, or by other methods provided by general law. 83 Section 2. No later than January 1, 2016, the Division of 84 Elections shall submit a report to the President of the Senate 85 and the Speaker of the House of Representatives regarding the 86 implementation of online voter registration. In the report, the 87 division shall summarize progress to date in implementing online 88 voter registration and expected implementation timeframes, and 89 shall propose any further legislation needed to facilitate 90 online voter registration. 91 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.