Florida Senate - 2020 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 1312 Ì561048-Î561048 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House Comm: RCS . 02/28/2020 . . . . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The Committee on Appropriations (Montford) recommended the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with directory and title amendments) 2 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
10days before prior tothe 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 15days before 37 prior tothe 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. 58 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: 65 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.