Registered Voters: 288,720    REP: 110,049     DEM: 97,224     NPA: 79,399     Other: 2,048


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 21 Apr, 2017
April, 2017 saw the formation of the new Independent Party of Florida, making the total number of political parties in Florida to ten.  Unlike in many other states, if a voter says or writes they would like to be "Independent," then they will now be assigned to the Independent Party of Florida, headquartered in Largo, chaired by Ernest Bach.  If a voter wishes to have no party affiliation at all, they should mark the "No Party Affiliation" box on their application form, or advise the person entering their information at the Driver's License location to enter "No Party Affiliation."   

Below is a listing of Florida's ten political parties with contact information.  Click the party name to reach the party's website.  Political parties with no website will be linked to the Florida Division of Elections listing of political parties. 

Florida Democratic Party (DEM)
Chair: Stephen Bittel   850.222.3411
214 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

Republican Party of Florida (REP)
Chair: Blaise Ingoglia   850.222.7920
420 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301

America's Party of Florida (AIP)
Chair: Gregory Poulos   321.729.0881
1894 Glenwood Street NE, Palm Bay, FL 32907

Constitution Party of Florida (CPF)
Chair: William Wayland   561.741.7592
16874 - 131st Way North, Jupiter, FL 33478

Ecology Party of Florida (ECO)
Chair: Cara Campbell   888.462.2468
641 SW 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315

Green Party of Florida (GRE)
Chair: Jennifer Sullivan   561.907.7880
Post Office Box 73, High Springs, FL 32655

Independent Party of Florida (IND)
Chair: Ernest Bach
700 Starkey Road, Suite 365, Largo, FL 33771

Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF)
Chair: Char-Lez Braden
518 Hunter Lane, Bradenton, FL 34212

Party for Socialism and Liberation – Florida (PSL)
Chair: Bryan Ellis   305.209.2503
976 46th Street, Sarasota, FL 34234

Reform Party of Florida (REF)
Chair: Paul Bachmann   312.802.1179
7305 79th Ave. North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781
By Michael Ertel 24 Mar, 2017
IT Director and Office Network Administrator
$48,000 - 50,000 a year

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Director, Information Technology is a professional, managerial, and administrative position that reports to the Chief Deputy, Operations. The position is responsible for preparing for and conducting elections using elections office software and hardware, and providing elections office systems technical and training support. The position also serves as technical support for hardware and software operations of the 15 Supervisor of Elections office staff.

This position is the hands-on, technical support staff that maintains systems and solves any server, network, printer, computer, database and other technology problems. It is a combination of decision-maker on product and program enhancement and implementation, as well as the person that performs the hands-on solutions.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

(These essential job functions are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is a logical assignment to the position.)

  • Directs and manages information technology functions and temporary election support staff.
  • Plans, organizes, coordinates, and controls technology systems used in preparing for and conducting elections.
  • Ensures registration system and voting system preparations meet the absolute deadlines required for elections.
  • Creates ballots and programs elections using the office’s election management system.
  • Assists in the preparation of precinct voting devices for all elections.
  • Evaluates and recommends for purchase elections office hardware and software systems.
  • Administers voter registration system functions, security, and operations.
  • Directs and schedules the production of voter notification materials as required.
  • Develops solutions resulting in improved accuracy, efficiency, and productivity in election support.
  • Manages election systems hardware and software vendor support.
  • Oversees identification, upkeep and management of the office IVR phone system.
  • Handles special projects and other duties as assigned by the Supervisor of Elections.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or a related field.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in the management of computer systems, applications.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of contemporary computers, peripherals, networks, servers and operating systems.
  • SQL, AD/DHCP, VPN
  • Windows 10, Server 2012 r2, 2012 Standard/Hyper -V
  • Apple Configurator
  • Demonstrated communication, interpersonal, multi-tasking, problem-solving, and project management skills.
  • Ability to analyze office requirements and produce solutions by using technology and work management.
  • Ability to establish, maintain working relationships with other governmental officials, vendors, and the public.
  • Ability to understand election laws and rules and how they apply to elections office operations.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's License.
  • Must be a registered voter in the State of Florida prior to appointment.

(A comparable amount of education, training, or experience may be substituted for the minimum qualifications.)

MANDATORY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Able and available to work extended days and weekends as needed, with little or no advance notice, and perform related duties as assigned to meet the needs of the office.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Office environment; occasional field work

HOW TO APPLY

Email Jobs@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


By Michael 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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