Florida Election Reform 2021

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Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodMail, Online, DMVNo ChangesSB90 (signed by Governor 5/6/21)
Sec. 5

Requires voter registration applications with changes to name, address, or party affiliation to be verified with driver license number, FL ID card number, or last 4 digits of SSN.
Deadline29 Days Prior to Election28 Days Prior to ElectionReturns to 29 Days
AutomaticNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Same DayNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo Excuse RequiredNo Changes No Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoSome counties mailed unsolicited absentee ballots - Not StatewideSB 90 -

Passed

See Line 107 of Bill
Disallows mailing of unsolicited absentee ballots
Deadline6 Days Prior to ElectionNo Changes No Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of CyclesCurrent Cycle OnlyNo Changes No Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDSignature VerificationNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxYes No ChangesSB 90 Increased Security of Drop Boxes
See Line 120 of Bill
Return Deadline7PM on Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Limited 3rd PartyYes, limited to two ballots. Immediate family members can return multiple ballots.No ChangesSB90
(passed)
line 1356 and following

Prohibits possession of more than two vote-by-mail ballots during supervised voting at assisted living facilities and nursing home facilities.
Paid Political OperativesAllowed, but limited to two ballotsNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYes. Timing decided at county level but must be within 30 days of electionNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationYes, County must notify voter if signature is missingNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Witness StatementNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
OtherNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Cure ProcessCure Period: 5PM two days post-electionNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - In Person

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Photo IDYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other OptionsNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Provisional BallotsIf not Photo ID, voter completes provisional ballot that must be cured by 5PM two post-electionNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyTwice Annually - July 31st and January 31stNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Voter RemovalWithin National Voting Rights Act Guidelines - Removal for death, felonies, moving outside FLNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Rolls

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyTwice Annually - July 31st and January 31stNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Voter RemovalWithin National Voting Rights Act Guidelines - Removal for death, felonies, moving outside FLNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity