Florida Senate - 2018 CS for CS for SB 964 By the Committees on Ethics and Elections; and Community Affairs; and Senator Baxley 582-03472-18 2018964c2 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. 10 11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 12 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,
or22 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 utilizinga marking device for the 52 purpose of designating ballot selections. 53 Section 5. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.