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Welcome, from Alan Hays

Lake County's Supervisor of Elections

It is an honor to serve as your Supervisor of Elections. The foundation of our Republic, The United States of America, is our elections system. We want to encourage participation from every citizen who is eligible to vote. 

Our complete team of professionals is dedicated to serve you.

 

Voter News Bulletin

Fraud Allegations: An Update from Supervisor Hays - Monday, November 15, 2021

As you may have recently heard, some individuals have questioned the accuracy of our active voter lists. 

Upon hearing these concerns, we encouraged those individuals to provide our office with the names of anyone suspected of any inappropriate elections behavior.

We wish to thank those citizens who have submitted names of people suspected to be erroneously on the active voter roll or whom may have violated other aspects of the Florida Election Code.  We continue to welcome submission of names if one has good reason to suspect the name should not be on our active voter listing.

Our staff has examined these submissions and so far, have determined each person in question is indeed legitimately on the active voter list.

We have also received a small list of records which we are researching in partnership with the Florida Division of Elections to determine the appropriate registration status of those persons.

Other submissions included names of people suspected of voting in more than one county.  Closer examination of those voter records determined these suspicions to be without foundation.

Our office is committed to maintaining all our voter registration database in complete compliance with Florida Statutes as has been our policy for many years.  The Florida Statutes are quite involved and may be perplexing to the persons not accustomed to working with them.

Please feel welcome to visit our website and sign up for a tour of our facility with one of our Certified Florida Election Professionals.  We are happy to show you the details of our operation and answer your questions about our processes.

 

Our Democracy, Our Priority: A Message From the Florida Supervisors of Elections--Wesley Wilcox - Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Our Democracy, Our Priority

The Great American Experiment, our cherished democracy, is under threat. Our nation is only as strong as the faith our citizens have that their voice, their vote, has a say in our government. In this hour, public trust in our elections is being systematically undermined, to the detriment of all Americans.

As election professionals, we have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Our Constitution is built upon the idea that “we the people” choose our government. We put that idea into practice through elections. It is the foundation and core unifying principle of our democracy.

As the official trusted sources of election information and experts in our fields, we continuously strive to debunk false claims, and ensure voters have access to accurate election information. We are dedicated to the cause of election integrity, ensuring that every eligible voter’s ballot is counted accurately and that no fraud takes place. But false claims of fraud do not strengthen our elections. Instead, they degrade confidence in the institutions, and discourage citizen participation in our democracy.

During and after the 2020 Presidential Election, the integrity of our democracy has been challenged by misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation that sows discord and undermines trust in America’s electoral process. Many of us have been threatened by our fellow citizens who have been led astray by these deceptions.

Instead of standing idly by, we ask all candidates and elected officials to tone down the rhetoric and stand up for our democracy. We ask that you work with us to understand the safeguards implemented to ensure elections are conducted fairly, securely, and accurately.

In the Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln proclaimed that the American people must dedicate themselves to ensuring that “Government of the people, by the people, for the people must not perish from the Earth.” It is through elections that government by the people is accomplished. To this end, we call on officials at all levels of government to commit themselves to the goal of fighting falsehoods and strengthening voter trust. We can rise to this challenge. Our democracy depends on it.

 

 

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Attacking the Foundation of Freedom: An OP ed from the desk of Supervisor Hays

Friday, October 8, 2021
Attacking the Foundation of Freedom

Our republic has weathered many storms. Typically, these storms come from outside our country 
(enemy attacks, weather, and more recently the internet). External assaults bring us together, 
promote a united response, and bring out the best of who we are as a people. However, when we are 
attacked internally (riots, social degeneration, rewriting of our history, and now the erosion of 
trust in our institutions and our elections), our ability to unite becomes so frayed that we are 
unable to overcome the division and hatred permeating our current society.

We are subjected to manufactured news, online editorial bias, and political leaders determined to 
destroy our capitalistic economy. A current effort to manipulate a political party to the extent of 
being subjugated as pawns to a conspiracy which belittles and uses them, and actually affects the 
purveyor’s prescribed outcomes through their deception. Today, many Americans ascribe to the belief 
that an election was stolen. Much of this is promoted through a continuous false narrative 
supported by flimsy arguments and even weaker statistical analysis. This purpose is to secure a 
“forensic audit” to validate the election results as they believe them to be.

One of the stolen elections theories is a belief that election equipment has been modified to 
incorrectly report tabulation of votes contrary to the voted ballot. This latest ruse was developed 
through the promulgating of sloppy analysis of population growth, coupled with voter registration 
data and voting trends to persuade the belief that the presidential election of 2020 was stolen, 
with the claim that the “proof is in the numbers.” Rather than test the theory and verify the 
statistical modeling and analysis, and ultimately the facts of election data, the promoters demand 
a hand recount of the ballots for proof.  Proof has two aims - firstly to convince, and secondly to 
explain the proposition through peer and public review (see; Gold, B. Simons, R.A. (2008) Proof and 
other dilemmas: mathematics and philosophy).

Many have been convinced without the need to explain or review.  They have been convinced without 
inquiry to the office, or a request of any data from the same, that Lake County was a “red zone” on 
the “heat map” of voting outcomes, and therefore something was wrong.

The theory claims that during the 2020 Presidential election, over 17,000 votes in Lake County were 
removed from Donald Trump's vote total and placed into Joe Biden's vote totals. This supposed 
modification was done purportedly through software manipulation via outside nefarious agents. 
Neither our voter demographics, nor operational procedures, support this fallacy.

All tabulation equipment authorized for use in Florida elections undergoes vigorous testing and is 
certified by the Florida Bureau of Voting Systems Certification. None of Lake County's voting 
equipment utilizes the internet, nor does any outside agency have contact with equipment during any 
election. This has been explained to those trying to lead others to believe their statistical 
models. Our equipment is stored in our warehouse under constant video surveillance, monitored by 
our professional staff.

Our office completely complies with Florida Statutes, which require us to test tabulation equipment 
at a publicly noticed Logic and Accuracy test. Those same statutes also require us to test 100% of 
the tabulation devices to be used in the upcoming election. Upon completion of the election, the 
machines are tested again to verify the results previously reported.

Each election is audited by randomly selecting a contest to audit then randomly choosing the 
prescribed number of precincts for the audit. Then ballots are hand counted in those precincts 
related to the selected contest. We have a long-running record of 100% accuracy!

Let us use our time, effort, and money to promote confidence in a system that has proven its 
accuracy, authenticity, and reliability. Lake County has such a system. We believe Lake County 
deserves nothing less. More information on election security can be found at www.lakevotes.gov.

D. Alan Hays, D.M.D., MFCEP
Lake County Supervisor of Elections

 

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