The Florida Senate’s Committee on Community Affairs approved a Committee Substitute for SB 600 amending the Florida Election Code today on a 5-3 party-line vote. According to news reports, proposed amendments were also defeated by a similar vote.
The current version of SB600 would:
- Require Supervisors of Elections to submit an “election preparation report” before each general election.
- Limit constitutional amendment ballot language proposed by the Legislature to 75 words in length.
- Alter the process for voting equipment purchases and dealing with “defects.”
- Provides for an additional automated audit of the votes cast in an election.
- Requiring that absentee ballots propvided on the day of an election only be given in cases of “emergency.”
- Brings back the former requirement of a witness signature on absentee ballots.
- Expands potential early voting sites.
- Expands the number of optional early voting days.
- Alters the canvassing process for absentee ballots.
- Allows for a cure process for unsigned submitted absentee ballots.
- Allows for alternative canvassing board members.
- Limits the term “immediate family,” for purposes of obtaining an absentee ballot, to spouse, parent, child, grandparent, sibling, or spouse’s sibling.