Florida Senate - 2019 SB 508 By Senator Gruters 23-01004-19 2019508__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to specifications for ballots; 3 amending s. 101.151, F.S.; requiring ballots to use a 4 uniform vote target throughout the state; defining the 5 term “vote target”; requiring the Secretary of State 6 to solicit certain votes from the supervisors of 7 elections and to require the immediate implementation 8 of a uniform vote target; providing a procedure to 9 change the uniform vote target; requiring a supervisor 10 of elections who must make a substantial change to a 11 voting system to implement the uniform vote target 12 within a specified period; providing an effective 13 date. 14 15 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 16 17 Section 1. Present subsection (9) of section 101.151, 18 Florida Statutes, is renumbered as subsection (10), and a new 19 subsection (9) is added to that section, to read: 20 101.151 Specifications for ballots.— 21 (9)(a) Ballots must use a uniform vote target throughout 22 the state. For purposes of this subsection, “vote target” means 23 an area on a ballot where a voter indicates his or her ballot 24 selection, and includes, but is not limited to, an oval, square, 25 rectangle, or broken arrow. 26 (b) On or before January 1, 2020, the Secretary of State 27 shall solicit the electronic votes of the supervisors of 28 elections on the uniform vote target, and shall require 29 supervisors of elections to immediately implement a vote target 30 that receives at least a two-thirds majority vote. Thereafter, 31 the Secretary of State shall solicit the electronic votes of the 32 supervisors of elections on the uniform vote target when at 33 least 10 percent of the supervisors of elections formally 34 petition for a change in the vote target, and shall require 35 supervisors of elections to immediately implement a vote target 36 that receives a unanimous vote. 37 (c) Paragraph (b) notwithstanding, a supervisor of 38 elections who must make a substantial change to a voting system 39 in order to comply with this requirement shall implement the 40 uniform vote target as soon as is practicable within 6 years 41 after such vote target is selected. 42 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2019.