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Q & A: Presidential Commission on Voting

  • 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.
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