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About Voting Systems

A voting system is a method of casting and processing votes on a ballot to fill an office or decide an issue that appears on a ballot in an election. The system can consist in part or totally of electromechanical components or in conjunction with marksense ballots. A voting system also encompasses other things like procedures, operating manuals, supplies, printouts, and other software necessary for the system’s operation [Section, 97.021(44), F.S.].

To be used in any election in Florida, the voting system must be approved by the State. The State must first test and determine that the hardware and software meet the standards set out in law and rule. A voting system configuration has three main elements: the election management system, the precinct count system, and the central count system.

State law requires any person or entity submitting a voting system for approval to have the name and contact information of a registered agent on file. See Section 101.5605(3), Florida Statutes. The Florida Voting System Standards provides a guide for applicant to seek voting system’s approval. [Section 101.5605101.5606101.56062, Florida Statutes; Rule 1S-5.001, Florida Administrative Code

Information forwarded to the Department for review is subject to public inspection and copying pursuant to Florida’s broad public records law, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.  If applicable, any information submitted to a Department that constitutes a trade secret or is otherwise confidential or exempt from the public records disclosure requirements of Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, must be marked before submission. The person or entity submitting the information is responsible for adequately marking information that is a trade secret or otherwise confidential or exempt.