Registered Voters: 287,037    REP: 109,243     DEM: 96,556     NPA: 79,885     Other: 1,353

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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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. That meeting was simulcast online at: . The next meeting is slated for early September. When that meeting's date and location are finalized, this page will be updated.

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?   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?

Did Florida provide my driver's license number to the commission?

Did Florida provide my signature to the commission?

Did Florida reveal for whom I voted in any election to the commission?

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 information 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. That can be found

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 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
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 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." 

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The top ten words voters wrote in their comments were:































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