Registered Voters: 293,109     REP: 111,601     DEM: 98,733     NPA: 80,730     Other: 2,045


Welcome to Seminole County

Thank you for caring enough about our republic to be a registered and informed voter.  Over the past few years you may have seen media reports about voting problems in the nation.  You can be proud of living here in  Seminole County, as our team has won national and international awards for running efficient, fair and trusted elections.  Our mission statement (Efficient Elections—Excellent Service—Fiduciary Conservatism—Voter Confidence) is a guiding set of principles as well as a reflection of how we conduct the operations of this vital democratic function.  Welcome home.

Michael Ertel
Supervisor of Elections
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VoteSeminole News

By Ertel 21 Mar, 2017

The new VoteSeminole.org has something you'll....
 

....find cheap: After receiving quotes for thousands and thousands of dollars for a new website, Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel decided to learn design and build it himself, meaning no taxpayer dollars were spent on the design and implementation.

....find interactive: The site leads with quotes from and photos of real voters on why they #VoteSeminole, and which method they prefer. https://www.VoteSeminole.org

....find informative: Voters can access all their personal data and most-used records function on one page. https://www.voteseminole.org/Voters

....find engaging: Citizens can get photos and complete contact information for their elected officials, including, address, phone, website and Twitter handles.   https://www.voteseminole.org/ElectedOfficials

....find illuminating: other features include everything a citizen would want to know about running for office, learning about candidates, methods of voting and meeting America's Finest Elections Team.

....find compliant: the new VoteSeminole.org also incorporates SSL certificate, as well as ADA and new dual-language requirements.

Find what you're looking for in your elections office website at https://www.VoteSeminole.org .

For more information, suggestions, or to tell us why you #VoteSeminole, email SOE Mike Ertel at Ertel@VoteSeminole.org.
By Ertel 02 Mar, 2017
If we measure it, we can improve it. The #VoteSeminole comment card is more than just a feedback tool -- it's an agent for improvement. Beyond a greater than 99 percent positive rating for America's Finest Elections Team, this year also saw great improvements in the number of tracked criteria. For instance, we increased the number of voters who found the experience "fast," "efficient," "organized," and "professional." 

Voters rated their experience as:

Excellent 

2,541 

96.32%

Good

73

2.77%

Fair

18

0.68%

Poor

6

0.23%



The top ten words voters wrote in their comments were:

1

Friendly

 489

2

Helpful

 311

3

Fast

 244

4

Efficient

 204

5

Easy

 198

6

Quick

 189

7

Organized

 156

8

Pleasant

 129

9

Nice

 128

10

Professional

 108


By Ertel 01 Mar, 2017

Seminole County Launches www.OfficialElectionMail.org

In the wake of yet another confusing mailing from out-of-town interests to Seminole County homes in 2016, Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel set up a special website to help voters delineate legitimate mailings from others.

The website www.OfficialElectionMail.org leads voters to the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections website, www.VoteSeminole.org , where a link will display recent and upcoming mailings which emanate from the Seminole County elections office. 

The website received international attention: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3518972/Dead-cat-voting-Flier-leads-confusion-Florida.html

The action stems from another mailing from the Washington D.C.-based Voter Participation Center ( www.voterparticipation.org ), (staff bios: http://www.voterparticipation.org/our-team/staff/ ).

Ertel was sent a tweet about the mailer from a voter who stated the Voter Participation Center tried to register her dead cat to vote.

“While some may chuckle at the thought of a dead cat being offered the opportunity to register to vote, this is a serious matter, as it causes many voters to believe our office would send this, as the mailer had the words ‘Government document enclosed. Do not discard.’ on it,” says Ertel.

Ertel says he hopes the new website will help ease confusion, “Because we are the swing region in the largest swing state in the country, the I-4 corridor and Central Florida is the epicenter of national elections. As the highest voter turnout county which I-4 runs through, it is incumbent on us to ensure our voters have faith in the process. Misleading mailers from out-of-state interests drives a dagger into the heart of our voters’ confidence in the process. It’s my job to ensure my county voters know which mail is official – they’re then smart enough to determine the motives of any other mailers on their own.”

Voters who have received the mailer in error and would like to contact the legal counsel for the Voter Participation Center can reach them at: Jennifer Carrier, JCarrier@BlankRome.com or Scott Thomas, SThomas@BlankRome.com .

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