§ 97.0575 Third-party voter registrations.
Overview of Statute
This statute governs the requirements for third party voter registration organizations to register individuals to vote, and provides an overview of the voter registration process through third party voter registration organizations.
(1) Before engaging in any voter registration activities, a third-party voter registration organization must register and provide to the division, in an electronic format, the following information:
(a) A third-party voter registration organization that collects voter registration applications serves as a fiduciary to the applicant, ensuring that any voter registration application entrusted to the organization, irrespective of party affiliation, race, ethnicity, or gender, shall be promptly delivered to the division or the supervisor of elections within 48 hours after the applicant completes it or the next business day if the appropriate office is closed for that 48-hour period. If a voter registration application collected by any third-party voter registration organization is not promptly delivered to the division or supervisor of elections, the third-party voter registration organization is liable for the following fines:
The aggregate fine pursuant to this paragraph which may be assessed against a third-party voter registration organization, including affiliate organizations, for violations committed in a calendar year is $1,000.
s. 7, ch. 2005-277; s. 2, ch. 2007-30; s. 4, ch. 2011-40.
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 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).
4. Definition for Division
The Division of Elections of the Department of State. Fla. Stat. § 97.021(8).
5. Definition for Election
Any primary election, special primary election, special election, general election, or presidential preference primary election. Fla. Stat. § 97.021(12).
Case Name: League of Women Voters v. Detzner
Citation: 283 F.R.D. 687
Case URL: https://perma.cc/3APE-MGKF
Case Summary: League of Women Voters v. Detzner held that permissive intervention was not warranted in an action challenging the statute related to voter registration drives.
Case Name: League of Women Voters of Florida v. Browning
Citation: 863 F.Supp.2d 1155
Federal District Court: Northern District of Florida
Case Summary: League of Women Voters of Florida v. Browning held that portions of Florida's amended Florida voter registration statute and implementing rule violated the 1st and 14th Amendments.
Case Name: League of Women Voters of Florida v. Cobb
Citation: 447 F.Supp.2d 1314
Federal District Court: Southern District of Florida
Case Summary: League of Women Voters of Florida v. Cobb held that Florida's statute regulating third party voter registration activities violated the 1st Amendment.
Regulations & Guidance
Fla. Jur. 2d Constitutional Law s 343, Freedom of association-Voluntary political association
Fla. Jur. 2d Elections s 54, Third-party voter registration organizations
Fla. Jur. 2d Elections s 58, Acceptance of voter registration applications; verification