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The 2000 Florida Statutes

Title IX
Chapter 101
Voting Methods And Procedure
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Section 101.28, Florida Statutes 2000

101.28  Requirements for voting machines.--All voting machines purchased for use in this state shall meet the following minimum requirements:

(1)  Each voting machine shall:

(a)  Secure to the elector secrecy in the act of voting.

(b)  Provide facilities for voting for or against as many questions as may be submitted.

(c)  Permit the elector to vote for the candidates of one or more parties.

(d)  Permit the elector to vote for as many persons for an office as the elector is lawfully entitled to vote for, but no more.

(e)  Prevent the elector from voting for the same person more than once for the same office.

(f)  Permit the elector to vote for or against any question the elector may have the right to vote upon, but no other.

(g)  Be so equipped that, when used in primary elections, the election officials can, by a single adjustment on the outside of the machine, lock out all races and questions except those in which the elector is entitled to vote.

(h)  Correctly register or record, and accurately count, all votes cast for any and all persons and for or against any and all questions.

(i)  Be provided with a "protective counter" or "protective device" whereby any operation of the machine before or after the election will be detected.

(j)  Be provided with a counter which shall show at all times during any election how many persons have voted.

(k)  Be provided with one device per machine for each party for voting for all presidential electors of that party by one operation (in connection with which there shall be provided on the ballot the words "Electors for President and Vice President" followed by the name of the party and thereafter by the names of the candidates thereof for the offices of President and Vice President) and a registering device which shall register the votes cast for such electors thus voted for collectively, as contemplated by s. 103.011.

(2)  Each voting machine shall be furnished with an electric light, or a proper substitute for one, which will give sufficient light to enable electors while voting to read the ballots.

(3)  Each voting machine used in any election shall be provided with a screen, hood, or curtain which shall be so made and adjusted as to conceal the elector and the elector's action while voting.

(4)  Voting machines may be provided with a device or devices which will print a copy or copies of the count shown on the candidate and question counters, as registered both before the polls open and after the polls close.

History.--s. 2, ch. 13893, 1929; CGL 1936 Supp. 337(2); s. 5, ch. 26870, 1951; s. 25, ch. 28156, 1953; s. 14, ch. 65-380; s. 1, ch. 72-303; s. 16, ch. 73-156; s. 16, ch. 77-175; s. 3, ch. 84-302; s. 565, ch. 95-147.

Note.--Former s. 100.02.