§ 163-166.2. Arrangement of the voting enclosure.
Overview of Statute
Section provides for the minimum requirements of the provided voting forum.
Each voting enclosure shall contain at a minimum:
(1) A sufficient number of private spaces for all voters to mark their official ballots in secrecy.
(2) Adequate space and furniture for the separate functions of:
a. The checking of voter registration records.
b. The distribution of official ballots.
c. Private discussion with voters concerning irregular situations.
(3) A telephone or some facility for communication with the county board of elections.
The equipment and furniture in the voting enclosure shall be arranged so that it can be generally seen from the public space of the enclosure.
(2001-460, s. 3; 2017-6, s. 3; 2018-146, s. 3.1(a), (b).)
1. Definition for Official ballot
“Official ballot” means a ballot that has been certified by the State Board of Elections and produced by or with the approval of the county board of elections. The term does not include a sample ballot or a specimen ballot.
2. Definition for Voting enclosure
“Voting enclosure” means the room within the voting place that is used for voting.
3. Definition for board
The term “board” means the State Board with respect to all candidates for State, legislative, and judicial offices and the county board of elections with respect to all candidates for county and municipal offices. The term means the State Board with respect to all statewide referenda and the county board of elections conducting all local referenda.
4. Definition for Board
Board. – Any State board, commission, council, committee, task force,
authority, or similar public body, however denominated, created by statute or
executive order, as determined and designated by the State Board, except for
those public bodies that have only advisory authority.
5. Definition for Ballot
(Effective until January 1, 2018 or September 1, 2019 – see note) “Ballot” means an instrument on which a voter indicates that voter’s choice for a ballot item so that it may be recorded as a vote for or against a certain candidate or referendum proposal. The term “ballot” may include a paper ballot to be counted by hand, a paper ballot to be counted on an electronic
scanner, the face of a lever voting machine, the image on a direct record electronic unit, or a ballot used on any other voting system.
(Effective January 1, 2018 or September 1, 2019 – see note) “Ballot” means an instrument on which a voter indicates that voter’s choice for a ballot item so that it may be recorded as a vote for or against a certain candidate or referendum proposal, and is evidenced by an individual paper document that bears marks made by the voter by hand or through electronic
means, whether preprinted or printed in the voting enclosure.
6. Definition for election
The term “election” means any general or special election, a first or second primary, a run-off election, or an election to fill a vacancy. The term “election” shall not include any local or statewide referendum.
7. Definition for Election
“Election” means the event in which voters cast votes in ballot items concerning proposals or candidates for office in this State or the United States. The term includes primaries, general elections, referenda, and special elections.