Florida Senate - 2018                                     SB 964
       By Senator Baxley
       12-01194-18                                            2018964__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to voting systems; amending s. 97.021,
    3         F.S.; revising the definition of the term “marksense
    4         ballots” for purposes of the Florida Election Code;
    5         amending s. 101.151, F.S.; providing applicability of
    6         specified ballot requirements to a voter interface
    7         device; amending ss. 101.5603 and 101.56075, F.S.;
    8         conforming provisions to changes made by the act;
    9         providing an effective date.
   11  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   13         Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (5) of section
   14  97.021, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   15         97.021 Definitions.—For the purposes of this code, except
   16  where the context clearly indicates otherwise, the term:
   17         (5) “Ballot” or “official ballot” when used in reference
   18  to:
   19         (a) “Marksense ballots” means that printed sheet of paper,
   20  used in conjunction with an electronic or electromechanical vote
   21  tabulation voting system, containing the names of candidates, or
   22  a statement of proposed constitutional amendments or other
   23  questions or propositions submitted to the electorate at any
   24  election, or the selections made by the elector of candidates or
   25  other questions or propositions at an election, on which sheet
   26  of paper an elector casts his or her vote either directly on a
   27  sheet of paper or indirectly through the use of a voter
   28  interface device used to designate the elector’s ballot
   29  selections on the sheet of paper.
   30         Section 2. Subsection (10) is added to section 101.151,
   31  Florida Statutes, to read:
   32         101.151 Specifications for ballots.—
   33         (10)With respect to any voting system that uses a voter
   34  interface device to designate the elector’s ballot selections on
   35  a sheet of paper, the provisions of this section, s. 101.161,
   36  and ss. 101.2512-101.254 that prescribe the ballot layout apply
   37  only to the display of candidates and issues on the voter
   38  interface device.
   39         Section 3. Subsection (5) of section 101.5603, Florida
   40  Statutes, is amended to read:
   41         101.5603 Definitions relating to Electronic Voting Systems
   42  Act.—As used in this act, the term:
   43         (5) “Marking device” means any approved device for marking
   44  a ballot with ink or other substance, including through a voter
   45  interface device, which will enable the ballot to be tabulated
   46  by means of automatic tabulating equipment.
   47         Section 4. Subsection (1) of section 101.56075, Florida
   48  Statutes, is amended to read:
   49         101.56075 Voting methods.—
   50         (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), all voting shall
   51  be by marksense ballot using utilizing a marking device for the
   52  purpose of designating ballot selections.
   53         Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.