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The Florida Statutes

The 1998 Florida Statutes

Title IX
Chapter 98
Registration Office, Officers, And Procedures
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98.095  County registers open to inspection; copies.--

(1)(a)1.  The registration books of each county in this state are public records. Any citizen of the state is allowed to examine the registration books of any county while they are in the custody of the supervisor of that county, but is not allowed to make copies or extracts therefrom except as provided by this section.

2.  Within 15 days of a request for voter registration information, the supervisor shall furnish any requested information, excluding only a voter's signature and social security number and such other information that is by statute specifically made confidential or is exempt from public records requirements, which the supervisor maintains pursuant to "The Florida Election Code."

(b)  Notwithstanding paragraph (a), if after the most recent election there is a request for information relating to electors who voted in that election, within 15 days of the request the supervisor shall either provide the information or allow the persons, entities, or agents thereof, as authorized in this section, to personally extract or copy the information.

(c)  Actual costs of duplication of information authorized by this section for release to the public shall be charged in accordance with the provisions of s. 119.07.

(2)  The information provided by the supervisor pursuant to this section shall be furnished only to:

(a)  Municipalities;

(b)  Other governmental agencies;

(c)  Candidates, to further their candidacy;

(d)  Registered political committees, registered committees of continuous existence, and political parties or officials thereof, for political purposes only; and

(e)  Incumbent officeholders, to report to their constituents.

Such information shall not be used for commercial purposes. No person to whom a list of registered voters is made available pursuant to this section, and no person who acquires such a list, shall use any information contained therein for purposes which are not related to elections, political or governmental activities, voter registration, or law enforcement.

(3)  Any person who acquires a list of registered voters from the office of the supervisor shall take and subscribe to an oath which shall be in substantially the following form:

I hereby swear or affirm that I am a person authorized by s. 98.095, Florida Statutes, to acquire information on registered voters of _____ County, Florida; that the information acquired will be used only for the purposes prescribed in that section and for no other purpose; and that I will not permit the use or copying of such information by persons not authorized by the Election Code of the State of Florida.

 (Signature of person acquiring list) 

Sworn to and subscribed before me this _____ day of _____, 19_____.

 (Signature and title of person administering oath) 

History.--s. 18, ch. 6469, 1913; RGS 322; CGL 379; s. 4, ch. 25388, 1949; s. 2, ch. 26870, 1951; s. 8, ch. 29934, 1955; s. 1, ch. 57-810; s. 15, ch. 65-134; s. 5, ch. 77-175; s. 10, ch. 80-292; s. 46, ch. 81-259; s. 7, ch. 81-304; s. 3, ch. 87-363; s. 1, ch. 87-538; s. 4, ch. 91-235; s. 1, ch. 91-424; s. 33, ch. 94-224; ss. 37, 38, ch. 97-13.

Note.--Former s. 102.25; s. 98.211.