§ 98.035 Statewide voter registration system; implementation, operation, and maintenance.
s. 17, ch. 2005-278.
The Florida Central Voter File was a state generated list of legally eligible voters used by the Florida Division of Elections to monitor lists of voters in each of Florida’s 67 counties between 1998 and 2006. The list was at issue in the 2000 presidential election in Florida due to inaccuracies on the list and its inappropriate use which resulted in otherwise eligible voters being turned away from the polls.
Having a statewide voter registration system allows poll workers to help voters who come to the wrong precincts on election day locate these voters’ correct precincts and process changes of address.
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 was proposed and enacted in response, in part, to the events taking place on and after presidential election day in Florida in 2000.
1. Definition for Department
The Department of State. Fla. Stat. § 97.021(7).
2. Definition for Supervisor
The supervisor of elections. Fla. Stat. § 97.021(36).
3. Definition for Voter Registration Official
Any supervisor of elections or individual authorized by the Secretary of State to accept voter registration applications and execute updates to the statewide voter registration system. Fla. Stat. § 97.021(43).
4. Definition for Election
Any primary election, special primary election, special election, general election, or presidential preference primary election. Fla. Stat. § 97.021(12).
5. Definition for Software
As used in the Electronic Voting Systems Act, software means the programs and routines used to employ and control the capabilities of data processing hardware, including, without limitation, operating systems, compilers, assemblers, utilities, library routines, maintenance routines, applications, and computer networking programs. Fla. Stat. § 101.5603(7).