A county board of elections, by unanimous vote of all its members, may establish a voting place for a precinct that is located outside that precinct. The county board's proposal is subject to approval by the Executive Director of the State Board of Elections. The county board shall submit its proposal in writing to the Executive Director. Approval by the Executive Director of the county's proposed plan shall be conditioned upon the county board of elections' demonstrating that:
(1) No facilities adequate to serve as a voting place are located in the precinct;
(2) Adequate notification and publicity are provided to notify voters in the precinct of the new polling location;
(3) The plan does not unfairly favor or disfavor voters with regard to race or party affiliation;
(4) The new voting place meets all requirements for voting places including accessibility for elderly and disabled voters; and
(5) The proposal provides adequately for security against fraud.
Any approval granted by the Executive Director for a voting place outside the precinct is effective only for one primary and election and must be reevaluated by the county board of elections and the Executive Director annually to determine whether it is still the only available alternative for that precinct. (1999-426, s. 3(a); 2001-319, ss. 3(a), 11.)
Last modified: March 23, 2014