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The 2000 Florida Statutes

Title IX
Chapter 101
Voting Methods And Procedure
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Section 101.64, Florida Statutes 2000

101.64  Delivery of absentee ballots; envelopes; form.--

(1)  The supervisor shall enclose with each absentee ballot two envelopes: a secrecy envelope, into which the absent elector shall enclose his or her marked ballot; and a mailing envelope, into which the absent elector shall then place the secrecy envelope, which shall be addressed to the supervisor and also bear on the back side a certificate in substantially the following form:

Note: Please Read Instructions Carefully Before

Marking Ballot and Completing Voter's Certificate.


I, _____, am a qualified and registered voter of _____ County, Florida. I understand that if I commit or attempt to commit any fraud in connection with voting, vote a fraudulent ballot, or vote more than once in an election, I can be convicted of a felony of the third degree and fined up to $5,000 and/or imprisoned for up to 5 years. I also understand that failure to sign this certificate and have my signature witnessed will invalidate my ballot. I am entitled to vote an absentee ballot for one of the following reasons:

1.  I am unable without another's assistance to attend the polls.

2.  I may not be in the precinct of my residence during the hours the polls are open for voting on election day.

3.  I am an inspector, a poll worker, a deputy voting machine custodian, a deputy sheriff, a supervisor of elections, or a deputy supervisor who is assigned to a different precinct than that in which I am registered.

4.  On account of the tenets of my religion, I cannot attend the polls on the day of the general, special, or primary election.

5.  I have changed my permanent residency to another county in Florida within the time period during which the registration books are closed for the election. I understand that I am allowed to vote only for national and statewide offices and on statewide issues.

6.  I have changed my permanent residency to another state and am unable under the laws of such state to vote in the general election. I understand that I am allowed to vote only for President and Vice President.

7.  I am unable to attend the polls on election day and am voting this ballot in person at the office of, and under the supervision of, the county supervisor of elections.

 (Voter's Signature) 

 (Last four digits of voter's social security number) 
Note: Your Signature Must Be Witnessed By Either:

a.  A Notary or Officer Defined in Item 6.b. of the Instruction Sheet.

Sworn to (or affirmed) and subscribed before me this _____ day of __________,  (year) , by  (name of person making statement) . My commission expires this _____ day of __________,  (year) .

 (Signature of Official) 

 (Print, Type, or Stamp Name) 

 (State or Country of Commission) 

Personally Known __________ OR Produced Identification __________

Type of Identification Produced


b.  One Witness, who is a registered voter in the State.

I swear or affirm that the voter signed this Voter's Certificate in my presence and that, unless certified as an absentee ballot coordinator, I have not witnessed more than 5 ballots for this election.


 (Signature of Witness) 

 (Printed Name of Witness) 

 (Voter I.D. Number of Witness and County of Registration) 



(2)  The certificate shall be arranged on the back of the mailing envelope so that the lines for the signatures of the absent elector and the attesting witness are across the seal of the envelope; however, no statement shall appear on the envelope which indicates that a signature of the voter or witness must cross the seal of the envelope. The absent elector and the attesting witness shall execute the certificate on the envelope.

History.--s. 4, ch. 7380, 1917; RGS 371; CGL 432; s. 1, ch. 25385, 1949; s. 5, ch. 26870, 1951; s. 34, ch. 28156, 1953; s. 22, ch. 29934, 1955; s. 1, ch. 61-369; s. 33, ch. 65-380; s. 3, ch. 69-136; s. 5, ch. 69-280; s. 21, ch. 71-355; s. 1, ch. 73-105; s. 6, ch. 73-157; s. 39, ch. 73-333; s. 3, ch. 75-174; s. 23, ch. 77-175; s. 4, ch. 79-365; s. 1, ch. 81-106; s. 9, ch. 81-304; s. 10, ch. 82-143; s. 2, ch. 85-226; s. 1, ch. 86-33; s. 19, ch. 90-315; s. 588, ch. 95-147; s. 4, ch. 96-57; s. 14, ch. 98-129.

Note.--Former s. 101.04.