Registered Voters: 286,597    REP: 109,218     DEM: 96,429     NPA: 79,656     Other: 1,294


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 06 Jun, 2017

In response to reports of attempted Russian "hacking" into Florida voter data, Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel has posted the information below, as well as penned a column for The Orlando Sentinel (click for column) .


2016 Debunk the Bunk (long, but important epilogue): You will be reading news reports today of a purported attempt to access Florida voter registration records by the Russian military. A couple of core facts about this story:

1) Florida voter registrations are public records. Anyone can get them by simply asking their local elections office.

2) The data and physical security measures our office employs for our technology infrastructure are top-notch. We have dug a cyber moat around the data so we can ensure access of sensitive information and systems by only those granted access.

3) We were aware of the cited phishing email the very moment it happened and took measures to ensure we were not impacted.

4) Like everyone who uses email, we are subject to dozens of phishing email scams daily -- we're sophisticated enough to catch them.

5) Important: Even if the bad guys would have accessed our local registration files (which they didn't), those files are in no way connected to vote counting.

6) I've said it hundreds of times, "you can't hack paper." Seminole County votes on trusted paper ballots.

7) In summation: Our election was not hacked by Russians. This whole exercise, however, does highlight two vital tenets of our republic: Elections are best run in our decentralized manner, allowing a greater obstacle for shenanigans; and competent, savvy, independent and principled elections administrators are looking out for you.

8) Like I always close... if anyone is trying to scare you into thinking your legitimate vote won't (or didn't) count, contact your local elections administrator.

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 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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