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Florida > The Florida Election Code > Qualification And Registration Of Electors Florida Voter Registration Act

§ 97.073 Disposition of voter registration applications; cancellation notice.

Overview of Statute

This statute states that supervisors of elections have 5 days to notify applicants of the status of their voter registration application after the information was entered into the statewide voter registration system. Supervisors also have 2 weeks to notify registration officials in other states if individuals previously registered in other states fill out applications in Florida.


(1) The supervisor must notify each applicant of the disposition of the applicant’s voter registration application within 5 business days after voter registration information is entered into the statewide voter registration system. The notice must inform the applicant that the application has been approved, is incomplete, has been denied, or is a duplicate of a current registration. A voter information card sent to an applicant constitutes notice of approval of registration. If the application is incomplete, the supervisor must request that the applicant supply the missing information using a voter registration application signed by the applicant. A notice of denial must inform the applicant of the reason the application was denied.
(2) Within 2 weeks after approval of a voter registration application that indicates that the applicant was previously registered in another state, the department must notify the registration official in the prior state that the applicant is now registered in this state.


s. 19, ch. 94-224; s. 62, ch. 2001-40; s. 13, ch. 2005-278; s. 7, ch. 2011-40.


Florida Cases

Out-of-State Cases

Federal Cases

Case Name: Florida State Conference of N.A.A.C.P. v. Browning

Citation: 522 F.3d 1153

Federal Circuit Court: 11th Circuit Court

Year: 2008

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Case Summary: Florida State Conference of the NAACP v. Browning held that Florida Code § 97.053(6) was not preempted by HAVA.

Case Name: Diaz v. Cobb

Citation: 541 F.Supp.2d 1319

Federal District Court: Southern District of Florida

Year: 2008

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Case Summary: Diaz v. Cobb held that Florida's 29 day deadline for submitting a completed voter registration form was constitutionally permissible because it furthered the state's interest in holding orderly elections.

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Further Reading

  • Fla. Jur. 2d Elections s 64, Ineligibility determinations