America's Finest Elections Team

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America's Finest Elections Team
The term America's Finest Elections Team isn't a slogan or a marketing term -- it's a reflection of those who serve Seminole County's democracy.   Nearly 700 of your neighbors serve as pollworkers each election, and together with 16 full-time staff members, proctor elections which continue to have the highest voter turnout in the region, at the lowest budget, with a greater than 99 percent satisfaction rating. 
View the full organization chart HERE.
Review our 2017/18 budget HERE.
Prior to becoming supervisor he was a radio personality and an award-winning writer and journalist.  Ertel spent eight years in the U.S. Army with stints including in the U.S., Panama, Berlin, and Macedonia.  He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation medal w/OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/2OLC, National Defense Service Medal, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge, among others.  After the Army, he was in the public affairs field, including serving as Seminole County government’s first public information professional, as the director of public relations for a 185-location bank, and conducting post-disaster public relations for Visit Florida, Florida’s tourism marketing agency.

Mike is a highly sought expert on elections issues, speaking to state, national and international election organizations. He has testified before a United States Senate subcommittee as well as the State of Texas' legislature and the National Conference of State Legislatures on voter identification. He has spoken about election law to conventions of the American Bar Association and the American Association of Political Consultants.  Ertel was a featured speaker on military voting rights at the Heritage Foundation, and was the only U.S. representative at the International Electoral Affairs Symposium in London, where he facilitated the discussion on rebuilding voter trust.

Ertel has twice won International Electoral Awards, in 2013 for rebuilding voter trust, and in 2017 for voter engagement.  He was one of ten inaugural recipients of Campaigns and Elections' Innovator Awards. Ertel has been featured internationally on Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the U.K. Daily Mail.

The 48-year-old Ertel is a homegrown elected official, attending Red Bug, Sterling Park and English Estates elementary, Tuskawilla middle, Lake Howell high and the University of Maryland University College.   Ertel completed the Crummer mini-MBA at Rollins College in 2015.  He has completed the Harvard crisis communications module How to Deal with an Angry Public, the forensic document examination course from West Virginia University and the American University Election Management Institute.  In 2017, Ertel earned a professional certificate in Management of Electoral Processes from the Europe-based International Centre for Parliamentary Studies. 

Ertel has been awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. award by the City of Longwood  and was honored by the Seminole County Bar with their inaugural Thomas Jefferson Award.  Orlando Life magazine has named him the region's best elected official.

Mike, his wife Michelle, their dogs Winston, Betty and Stanley, live in Geneva. They have two children: Zane, 24, a UCF graduate now working for Florida's Chief Financial Officer, and Gillian, 21, also a UCF grad, now working for a Seminole County  law firm.  Mike is a life member of the VFW, enjoys golf, American electoral history, and tinkering with his collection of antique radios.

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Our Voting History
Before striking out on our own in 1913, the communities of what is now Seminole County were once the jewel of Orange County.  After a couple of disputed elections, in which our residents felt they were treated unfairly, the community came together to form Seminole County.   Seminole County has long had some of the most forward-thinking SOEs in Florida.  To learn more about Seminole County history, click HERE

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