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The 2000 Florida Statutes

Title IX
ELECTORS AND ELECTIONS
Chapter 101
Voting Methods And Procedure
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Section 101.27, Florida Statutes 2000

101.27  Voting machine ballots.--

(1)  All ballots for voting machines shall be printed on strips of white cardboard, paper, or other material of such size as will fill the ballot frames of the machine, in plain black type as large as the space will permit, so as to show the name of the candidate, statement of the proposed constitutional amendment, or other question or proposition submitted to the electorate at any election.

(2)  The captions on the ballots for voting machines shall be placed so as to indicate to the elector what push knob, key, lever, or other device is used or operated in order to cast his or her vote for or against a candidate, proposed constitutional amendment, or other question or proposition submitted to the electorate at any election.

(3)  The order in which the voting machine ballot is arranged shall as nearly as practicable conform to the requirements of the form of the paper ballot for that election. The names of the unopposed candidates shall not appear on the general election ballot; each unopposed candidate shall be deemed to have voted for himself or herself. If two or more write-in candidates are seeking election for one office, only one blank space shall be provided.

(4)  If the official ballot is longer than the voting machine can accommodate, paper ballots may be used in conjunction with a voting machine, in which case the order of the offices on the voting machine ballot shall be the same as prescribed in ss. 101.141(4) and 101.151(3). Where the machine ballot is filled in this order, there shall be a continuation of the ballot in the same order on paper ballots, except that no state or federal opposed officer shall be placed upon a paper ballot. In any primary election, if the official ballot is longer than the voting machine can accommodate, paper ballots may be used in conjunction with a voting machine, in which case the order of the offices on the voting machine ballot shall be the same as prescribed in s. 101.141(4), except that no portion of a category of candidates as established in s. 101.141(4) shall be divided between the voting machine ballot and the paper ballot. In the event a category of candidates must be removed from the voting machine ballot because of the foregoing provision, the supervisor of elections in such county may complete the balance of the voting machine ballot with some whole portion of another category of candidates out of its proper sequence, except that no state or federal office shall be placed upon a paper ballot.

(5)  In all primary elections, supervisors of elections may print voting machine ballots in shaded colors to group and identify the number of candidates in any or all races. Colors shall be light or pastel with candidates' names overprinted in plain black type. In no case shall any particular color or pattern of colors be used to identify any political party in the general election.

(6)  Should the above directions for the complete preparation of the ballot be insufficient, the Department of State shall determine and prescribe any additional matter or form in which the ballot may be printed.

History.--s. 1, ch. 13893, 1929; CGL 1936 Supp. 337(1); s. 1, ch. 18405, 1937; s. 5, ch. 26870, 1951; s. 13, ch. 65-380; ss. 10, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 1, ch. 71-266; s. 1, ch. 73-75; s. 1, ch. 74-129; s. 16, ch. 77-175; s. 36, ch. 79-400; s. 9, ch. 81-105; s. 12, ch. 81-304; s. 564, ch. 95-147.

Note.--Former s. 100.01.