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§ 101.662 Accessibility of vote-by-mail ballots.

Overview of Statute

This statute states that legislative intent must be that voting vote-by-mail should be through methods that are completely accessible to all voters, including voters with disabilities. The Department of State works with supervisors of elections and the disability community to create and implement procedures that allow all voters to cast ballots without the assistance of another person if possible.

Statute

It is the intent of the Legislature that voting by absentee ballot be by methods that are fully accessible to all voters, including voters having a disability. The Department of State shall work with the supervisors of elections and the disability community to develop and implement procedures and technologies, as possible, which will include procedures for providing absentee ballots, upon request, in alternative formats that will allow all voters to cast a secret, independent, and verifiable absentee ballot without the assistance of another person.

History:

s. 14, ch. 2002-281; s. 21, ch. 2016-37.

Definition [Alternative Formats]

(3) “Alternative formats” has the meaning ascribed in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101-336, 42 U.S.C. ss. 12101 et seq., including specifically the technical assistance manuals promulgated thereunder, as amended. Fla. Stat. § 97.021(4).

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 [Election]

Any primary election, special primary election, special election, general election, or presidential preference primary election. Fla. Stat. § 97.021(12).

Additional Resources

Further Reading

  • Fla. Jur. 2d Elections s 163, Furnishing ballots

  • Fla. Jur. 2d Elections s 167, Voters with disabilities