The Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office closed out 2017 by announcing it was the recipient of two major awards: an international award for reaching out to first-time voters, and a national award for the design and functionality of VoteSeminole.org.
At the 2017 International Electoral Awards ceremony held in Amman, Jordan, the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office edged international finalists from the United Kingdom and Romania with its #FutureVoter initiative. According to the presenting body, The International Centre for Parliamentary Studies
, "the First Time Voters Award will recognise Electoral Management Bodies
or Electoral Management Officials which have taken outstanding measures
to facilitate, optimise, and/or help the electoral experience of first
time voters, realising the importance of the first electoral experience
of a voter and the unique challenges that it raises." Among all categories, Seminole County joined only Los Angeles County, California as top awardees on this international stage. Seminole County has twice been recognized by this international elections body, having first received an award in 2013 for voter outreach.
The office website VoteSeminole.org was also recently a recipient of the Golden Web Award by the International Association of Web Masters and Designers
. According to IAWMD, "the Golden Web Awards is a service of the IAWMD and is presented to
those sites whose web design, originality and content have achieved
levels of excellence deserving of recognition." Earlier in the year, the building and creation of Voteseminole.org was a feature of the national ElectionLine.org newsletter, http://electionline.org/index.php/2017/2157-electionlineweekly-march-30-2017
Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel says, "These awards are more than simply lucite on our desks, but a reflection of the hard work, professionalism and dedication of our entire team of professionals here in Seminole County. We are known throughout the elections industry as America's Finest Elections Team
, and these accolades, while a great way to close out 2017, are merely motivation for us to prove our mettle in 2018 to the most important judges of our work, the voters of Seminole County."
Details about the International Electoral Awards can be found here: http://awards.electoralnetwork.org/finalists-2017.php
; and the Golden Web Awards can be found here: https://goldenwebawards.com/about/