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Florida Senate Bill 90

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Published on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 12:39

In late April 2021, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 90, an election administration bill revising certain sections of the Florida Election Code. On May 6, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed the bill into law, with immediate effect. A brief explanation of changes that may affect voters is provided here.

Voter Registration Updates

The new law does not change the process for new voter registration application. However, applications to update an existing voter registration record will now require additional information, necessary to establish an applicant's identify and eligibility.

Name and Party Changes

Name and party changes must be submitted on a Florida Voter Registration Application and must include the voter's Florida driver license number or Florida ID card number, or the last four digits of their social security number.

Address Changes

Address changes within the state may be submitted to our office by phone or email and must include the voter's Florida driver license number or Florida ID card number, or the last four digits of their social security number, whichever may be verified in our records. Address changes may also be submitted on a Florida Voter Registration Application or other written notice.

Vote-by-Mail (Absentee) Requests

One request for a vote-by-mail ballot will cover all elections through the end of the calendar year of the next scheduled general election. All requests currently on file will be good through the end of 2022.

Note: The Notice of Elections, which is mailed before an election cycle, will state the status of your vote-by-mail request.

A voter requesting a vote-by-mail ballot for themselves in writing, in person, or by phone must provide:

  • Voter's name
  • Voter's address
  • Voter's date of birth
  • Voter's Florida driver license or Florida ID card number, or the last four digits of their social security number
  • Voter's signature (written requests only)

An immediate family member or legal guardian requesting a ballot on behalf of a voter must provide, in addition to the above voter's information:

  • Requestor's name
  • Requestor's address
  • Requestor's date of birth
  • Requestor's Florida driver license or Florida ID card number, or last four digits of their social security number
  • Requestor's signature (written requests only)

A designee who is picking up or returning vote-by-mail ballots for another voter may lawfully possess only their own ballot and those of immediate family members, in addition to two other ballots. Immediate family includes: spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling of the designee, or designee's spouse.

Return of Vote-by-Mail (Absentee) Ballot

Secure drop boxes will be provided and monitored by election personnel at all early voting sites during posted hours of operation. The location of vote-by-mail drop boxes will be published on our website at least 30 days before each election.

If you have any questions, please contact us.
 

Download the SB90 Fact Sheet (English, PDF)
Download the SB90 Fact Sheet (Spanish, PDF)