Florida Senate - 2020                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1312
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  02/28/2020           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Montford) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with directory and title amendments)
    3         Delete line 179
    4  and insert:
    5         (6)Nothing in this section precludes a county canvassing
    6  board or local board involved in the recount from comparing a
    7  digital image of a ballot to the corresponding physical paper
    8  ballot during a manual recount.
    9         Section 5. Effective upon becoming a law, subsection (2) of
   10  section 101.5612, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   11         101.5612 Testing of tabulating equipment.—
   12         (2) On any day not more than 25 10 days before prior to the
   13  commencement of early voting as provided in s. 101.657, the
   14  supervisor of elections shall have the automatic tabulating
   15  equipment publicly tested to ascertain that the equipment will
   16  correctly count the votes cast for all offices and on all
   17  measures. If the ballots to be used at the polling place on
   18  election day are not available at the time of the testing, the
   19  supervisor may conduct an additional test not more than 10 days
   20  before election day. Public notice of the time and place of the
   21  test shall be given at least 48 hours prior thereto by
   22  publication on the supervisor of elections’ website and once in
   23  one or more newspapers of general circulation in the county or,
   24  if there is no newspaper of general circulation in the county,
   25  by posting the notice in at least four conspicuous places in the
   26  county. The supervisor or the municipal elections official may,
   27  at the time of qualifying, give written notice of the time and
   28  location of the public preelection test to each candidate
   29  qualifying with that office and obtain a signed receipt that the
   30  notice has been given. The Department of State shall give
   31  written notice to each statewide candidate at the time of
   32  qualifying, or immediately at the end of qualifying, that the
   33  voting equipment will be tested and advise each candidate to
   34  contact the county supervisor of elections as to the time and
   35  location of the public preelection test. The supervisor or the
   36  municipal elections official shall, at least 30 15 days before
   37  prior to the commencement of early voting as provided in s.
   38  101.657, send written notice by certified mail to the county
   39  party chair of each political party and to all candidates for
   40  other than statewide office whose names appear on the ballot in
   41  the county and who did not receive written notification from the
   42  supervisor or municipal elections official at the time of
   43  qualifying, stating the time and location of the public
   44  preelection test of the automatic tabulating equipment. The
   45  canvassing board shall convene, and each member of the
   46  canvassing board shall certify to the accuracy of the test. For
   47  the test, the canvassing board may designate one member to
   48  represent it. The test shall be open to representatives of the
   49  political parties, the press, and the public. Each political
   50  party may designate one person with expertise in the computer
   51  field who shall be allowed in the central counting room when all
   52  tests are being conducted and when the official votes are being
   53  counted. The designee shall not interfere with the normal
   54  operation of the canvassing board.
   55         Section 6. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
   56  act and except for this section, which shall take effect upon
   57  becoming a law, this act shall take effect January 1, 2021.
   59  ====== D I R E C T O R Y  C L A U S E  A M E N D M E N T ======
   60  And the directory clause is amended as follows:
   61         Delete line 115
   62  and insert:
   63  102.166, Florida Statutes, are amended, and subsection (6) is
   64  added to that section, to read:
   66  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   67  And the title is amended as follows:
   68         Delete lines 19 - 20
   69  and insert:
   70         tabulating equipment for manual recounts; providing
   71         construction; amending s. 101.5612, F.S.; revising the
   72         timeframes for conducting public preelection testing
   73         of automatic tabulating equipment; providing effective
   74         dates.