CS for CS for SB 228 First Engrossed 2015228e1 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 division to 7 conduct a comprehensive risk assessment of the online 8 voter registration system; requiring the system to 9 compare information submitted online with Department 10 of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles records; 11 providing for the disposition of voter registration 12 applications; requiring system compliance with federal 13 accessibility provisions; providing for construction; 14 requiring the division to report to the Legislature 15 regarding online voter registration implementation by 16 a specified date; providing an appropriation; 17 providing an effective date. 18 19 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 20 21 Section 1. Section 97.0525, Florida Statutes, is created to 22 read: 23 97.0525 Online voter registration.— 24 (1) Beginning October 1, 2017, an applicant may submit an 25 online voter registration application using the procedures set 26 forth in this section. 27 (2) The division shall establish a secure Internet website 28 that safeguards an applicant’s information to ensure data 29 integrity and permits an applicant to: 30 (a) Submit a voter registration application, including 31 first-time voter registration applications and updates to 32 current voter registration records. 33 (b) Submit information necessary to establish an 34 applicant’s eligibility to vote, pursuant to s. 97.041, which 35 includes the information required for the uniform statewide 36 voter registration application pursuant to s. 97.052(2). 37 (c) Swear to the oath required pursuant to s. 97.051. 38 (3)(a) The online voter registration system shall comply 39 with the information technology security provisions of s. 40 282.318 and shall use a unique identifier for each applicant to 41 prevent unauthorized persons from altering a voter’s 42 registration information. 43 (b) The division shall conduct a comprehensive risk 44 assessment of the online voter registration system before making 45 the system publicly available and every 2 years thereafter. The 46 comprehensive risk assessment must comply with the risk 47 assessment methodology developed by the Agency for State 48 Technology for identifying security risks, determining the 49 magnitude of such risks, and identifying areas that require 50 safeguards. 51 (4)(a) The online voter registration system shall compare 52 the Florida driver license number or Florida identification 53 number submitted pursuant to s. 97.052(2)(n) with information 54 maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor 55 Vehicles to confirm that the name and date of birth on the 56 application are consistent with the records of the Department of 57 Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 58 (b) If the applicant’s name and date of birth are 59 consistent with the records of the Department of Highway Safety 60 and Motor Vehicles, the online voter registration system shall 61 transmit, using the statewide voter registration system 62 maintained pursuant to s. 98.035, the applicant’s registration 63 application, along with the digital signature of the applicant 64 on file with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor 65 Vehicles, to the supervisor of elections. The applicant’s 66 digital signature satisfies the signature requirement of s. 67 97.052(2)(q). 68 (c) If the applicant’s name and date of birth cannot be 69 verified by the records of the Department of Highway Safety and 70 Motor Vehicles, or if the applicant indicated that he or she has 71 not been issued a Florida driver license or Florida 72 identification card, the online voter registration system shall 73 populate the applicant’s information into a printable voter 74 registration application pursuant to s. 97.052(2) and direct the 75 applicant to print, sign, and date the application and deliver 76 the application to the supervisor of elections for disposition 77 pursuant to s. 97.073. 78 (5) Upon submission of a completed online voter 79 registration application, the website must generate an immediate 80 electronic confirmation that the supervisor of elections has 81 received the application and provide instructions regarding the 82 ability of a registrant to check the status of the application 83 thereafter. 84 (6) Except as otherwise provided in this section, the 85 supervisor of elections shall process the application pursuant 86 to s. 97.053. 87 (7) The online voter registration system must conform to 88 nationally accepted standards for accessibility for individuals 89 with disabilities, including s. 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 90 1973, s. 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and the Web 91 Content Accessibility Guidelines of the World Wide Web 92 Consortium, to ensure equal access for voters with disabilities. 93 (8) A legal distinction may not be made between online 94 voter registration under this section and voter registration in 95 person, by mail, or by other methods provided by general law. 96 Section 2. No later than January 1, 2016, the Division of 97 Elections shall submit a report to the President of the Senate 98 and the Speaker of the House of Representatives regarding the 99 implementation of online voter registration. In the report, the 100 division shall summarize progress to date in implementing online 101 voter registration and expected implementation timeframes, and 102 shall propose any further legislation needed to facilitate 103 online voter registration. 104 Section 3. For the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the sum of $1.8 105 million in nonrecurring funds from the Federal Grants Trust Fund 106 is appropriated to the Department of State to implement this 107 act. 108 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2015.