§ 97.051 Oath upon registering.
Overview of Statute
This statute provides the oath that all Florida voters must take when they register to vote.
A person registering to vote must subscribe to the following oath: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Florida, that I am qualified to register as an elector under the Constitution and laws of the State of Florida, and that all information provided in this application is true.”
s. 7, ch. 3879, 1889; RS 161; s. 8, ch. 4328, 1895; GS 178; RGS 222; CGL 257; s. 4, ch. 25383, 1949; s. 1, ch. 26870, 1951; s. 3, ch. 69-280; ss. 2, 4, ch. 71-108; s. 1, ch. 72-63; s. 2, ch. 77-175; s. 1, ch. 81-304; s. 9, ch. 94-224; s. 3, ch. 2005-277; s. 4, ch. 2005-278.
1. Definition for 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).
2. Definition for 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).
Case Name: State v. Parsons
Citation: 302 So.2d 766
Case Summary: State v. Parsons held that a defendant who, in order to register to vote, allegedly took an untrue oath that he was qualified to vote (knowing that he had been convicted of a felony), could not be convicted of false swearing.
Case Name: Fields v. Askew
Citation: 279 So.2d 822
Case Summary: Fields v. Askew held that the loyalty oath does not conflict with neither the Florida Constitution, nor with the due process and equal protection clauses, nor with the 1st Amendment of the Federal Constitution.
Regulations & Guidance
Fla. Jur. 2d Elections s 41, Oath of loyalty
Fla. Jur. 2d Elections s 57, Generally; uniform statewide voter registration application
Fla. Jur. 2d Elections s 59, Acceptance of voter registration applications; verification-Oath upon registering
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