The Florida Public Records Law (F.S. 119.07(5) ) and Election Code (F.S.101.572) treat ballots as public records subject to public inspection and examination upon request. Any member of the public is entitled to inspect any or all of the ballots, however, only an employee of the supervisor of elections can touch the original ballot. The law contemplates that a ballot inspection might occur before the deadline for filing an election contest suit (10 days following certification). If an inspection is requested before the contest deadline, the supervisor must make a reasonable effort to notify all candidates of the inspection and allow them to attend the inspection.
Ballots do not reveal the identity of the voter, so a citizen’s vote remains secret as required by law. (F.S. 101.041).