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§ 101.661 Voting vote-by-mail ballots.

Overview of Statute

This statute states that voters who vote-by-mail must fill out their ballots themselves, unless they need assistance to vote. In that case, the voter can choose someone to assist him/her in filling out the ballot, as long as the helper isn’t the voter’s employer, an agent of the employer, or an agent of the voter’s union.

Statute

(1) Electors who require assistance to vote because of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write, who may have some person of the elector’s choice, other than the elector’s employer, an agent of the employer, or an officer or agent of the elector’s union, mark the elector’s choices or assist the elector in marking his or her choices on the ballot.

(2) As otherwise provided in s. 101.051 or s. 101.655.

History:

s. 18, ch. 98-129; s. 20, ch. 2016-37.

Definition [Ballot]

As used in the Electronic Voting Systems Act, ballot means the card, tape, or other vehicle upon which the elector’s choices are recorded. Fla. Stat. § 101.5603(2).

Definition [Person]

An individual or a corporation, association, firm, partnership, joint venture, joint stock company, club, organization, estate, trust, business trust, syndicate, or other combination of individuals having collective capacity. The term includes a political party, affiliated party committee, or political committee. Fla. Stat. § 106.011(14).

Definition [Elector]

“Elector” is synonymous with the word “voter” or “qualified elector or voter,” except where the word is used to describe presidential electors. Fla. Stat. § 97.021(15).

Additional Resources

Further Reading

  • Fla. Jur. 2d Elections s 164, Casting ballots

  • Fla. Jur. 2d Elections s 228, Offenses in connection with voting-Illegal voting