Registered Voters: 285,198    REP: 108,418     DEM: 95,983     NPA: 79,503     Other: 1,424


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 Michael Ertel 05 Sep, 2017
Public meeting notice of the Seminole County Canvassing Board for the November 7 Election.

The Seminole County Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet at the following times and dates: October 27 at 10 a.m. for Logic and Accuracy Testing; November 3 at 10 a.m., and November 6 at 4 p.m. for canvassing of mail ballots; November 7 at 5 p.m. for Election Day canvassing and certification of initial results; November 9 at 5 p.m. for canvassing of provisional ballots, certification of official results and the manual audit criteria; November 13 at 10 a.m. for the conduct of the manual audit. If the board is required to meet at dates and times not listed, the time, date and location will be posted at the office of the Supervisor of Elections and announced at the conclusion of the preceding meeting. Additionally, each meeting may be continued from time to time as needed to address the matters before the canvassing board at such meeting and the canvassing board may discuss other issues or address other matters, in addition to those set forth above, to accomplish the functions of the canvassing board. Persons with disabilities needing assistance to participate in any of these proceedings should contact the Supervisor of Elections Office 48 hours in advance of the meeting at 407.585-VOTE (8683). For additional information regarding this notice, please contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 407.585.VOTE (8683). Persons are advised that if they decide to appeal decisions made at these meetings/hearings they will need a record of the proceedings and for such purpose they need to ensure a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based, per section 286.0105, Florida Statutes.
By Michael Ertel 15 Aug, 2017
Updated facts about Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity

Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel has released the following information concerning the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. This information will be updated as new data become available.

What is the commission?   In May, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order forming the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. A copy of that executive order is HERE . The commission had its first meeting July 19 in Washington, D.C. , with the second held September 12.  We will update this site when the next meeting's date and location are finalized.

What voter data did Florida provide?
  According to the latest letter , the commission asked for only data which is already public record. Florida responded to that public records request on July 28.

Did Seminole County provide data?   No.  The request was not made of Seminole County, but of the State of Florida.  

Specifically, what data did Florida provide?   The afternoon of July 28, Florida responded to the request by providing already-public data which are part of the publicly available data on the Florida Voter Registration System. This includes: name, addresses, date of birth, political affiliation, status of registration, whether the voter is military, or overseas, and historic data on which elections a voter voted (but not for whom the voter voted). This is information which is already a public record.

Did Florida provide my Social Security number to the commission?
No.

Did Florida provide my driver's license number to the commission?
No.

Did Florida provide my signature to the commission?
No.

Did Florida reveal for whom I voted in any election to the commission?
No.

When did the State of Florida providing the data?
Florida complied with the public records request the afternoon of July, 28 .

Does this mean there will be a national voter database?   Highly, highly, highly unlikely that will happen for a variety of reasons - some political, some legal, some practical.

Will any of this embolden hackers to impact our process?  No.  I penned
an editorial for the Orlando Sentinel highlighting the likely motive, and unsuccessful attempts made as part of the past election.

Who at the White House can I contact concerning this?   The Commission's dedicated website is HERE . For information or to submit written comments, contact Andrew Kossack at ElectionIntegrityStaff@ovp.eop.gov or 202.456.3794. The President’s contact information can be found via our website HERE .

Who at the Governor’s office can I contact about this?   The Governor’s Office contact information can be found via our website HERE .

How can we change or affirm the law which makes this information public record?   Public records laws in Florida are determined by the Florida legislature (Florida Senate & Florida House). You can find all elected officials on our site HERE . You can find your specific elected officials HERE .

Can I simply cancel my voter registration?   For a myriad of reasons, I would ask you not to cancel your voter registration. Stay registered. So many before us fought, in the fields of battle, politics, government and beyond, to ensure this far into our nation's future that you would still have the privilege of casting your vote. Don't let an action you disagree with have the effect of silencing your most powerful tool to change it: your vote. If you are still desirous of removing yourself from the rolls, you may do so using this form .

Can you make my voter registration address exempt from public record?
Voters who fall within certain categories may request their address be exempt from public records. The form to do so may be found HERE .

Can I talk to Supervisor of Elections Ertel about this?   Yes. My direct line is 407.708.7712, and my cell is 407.687.3654. My email is Ertel@VoteSeminole.org.
By Michael 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


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