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A Message from Alan Hays

Lake County's Supervisor of Elections

In today’s world of 24-hour news cycles, social media, and the ever-present rumor mill, many false statements are being made about the actions of elections administrators and processes. People who have absolutely NO experience whatsoever in elections administration are making and have made statements that are patently false. Many other statements that are misleading and only partially true have undermined the confidence of the voters unfairly. It is our hope that by reading the following FACTS, you will know the truth about elections administered in Florida.

  1. In 2000, the Florida elections community was the laughingstock of the world. In the 2018, 2020, and 2022 elections, Florida was the model for the nation in successful elections administration.
  2. This status of being the nation’s model occurred only by the diligent work of many Supervisors of Elections (SOE) and their devoted teams. In cooperation with the Legislature and the Secretary of State, the elections professionals of Florida rose to the challenge and excelled.
  3. The Supervisor of Elections and the team of workers are regulated very closely by Florida Statutes and rules promulgated by the Division of Elections in Tallahassee. Most of the work we do is dictated by those statutes and rules.
  4. All votes cast in Florida are on paper ballots. Those ballots are retained for 22 months after each election then shredded.
  5. All counties must use electronic tabulation systems that have been certified by the Bureau of Standards of the Division of Elections in Tallahassee. NONE of the tabulation machines are ever connected to the internet.
  6. The election night transmission of UNOFFICIAL results to the SOE offices does NOT use the internet. That data is transmitted via a system that resembles an interstate highway with no exits and no entry ramps.
  7. The tabulation data is stored on memory sticks that are returned to the SOE office on election night. That data is downloaded the next day and compared to the transmitted data of the previous evening to confirm its accuracy.
  8. Many counties, (Lake is one) have a separate verification system into which every voted ballot is scanned. The totals of this second system are compared with those of the tabulation system. This enables us to audit the entire election instead of the previous practice of auditing only one contest in a few precincts.
  9. There are three well-proven ways to vote in Florida:  Vote-by-Mail (VBM), Early Voting in person, and Election Day in person. Each of those are significantly controlled by Florida Statutes.
  10. The SOE does have some control of the number of days and the hours of Early Voting but everything else is by statute.
  11. Vote-by-Mail ballots are mailed ONLY to those voters who have requested to receive one. EVERY returned ballot MUST be in a separate envelope and the envelope must be signed by the voter whose name is printed on the envelope.
  12. EVERY envelope signature is checked through a combination of technology and trained personnel to validate the signature on the envelope compared to the signature on file in that voter’s record.
  13. If the envelope signature does not match the signature on file, the voter is notified of the issue and informed of the process and the deadline to rectify the problem.
  14. Each person requesting a VBM ballot has an opportunity to enroll in the BallotTrax program that notifies them quickly if there is an issue with their signature. In addition to the signature notification, the same system notifies the voter when the ballot has been mailed, when it has been received by our office, and when the ballot is counted.
  15. The selection of the polling sites for Early Voting and Election Day voting is again, controlled by statute. Each site must meet specific criteria. We are allowed only one Early Voting site that is not owned by a governmental agency.
  16. No voted ballots are ever left in a polling site overnight. Every voted ballot is returned to our office that evening.
  17. Those ballots are under a strict chain of custody record and are always carried by at least two people.
  18. Transparency and accountability are standard operating procedures for our team. In the design of our building, we intentionally placed in the internal walls, more than 144 square feet of windows so people can observe the actions in each room. This is supplemented with video feeds of various ballot processes (ballot opening, duplication, adjudication, and storage).
  19. Our website has offered tours of our building two days each week for the last 5 years.
  20. We have invested significantly more than $100,000 into enhanced cybersecurity measures and all our systems are monitored at all times.
  21. All staff members undergo background checks, are engaged in continual training, and are encouraged to pursue professional development.

These are the FACTS. I and my staff are proud to serve our community as elections professionals. Please feel welcome to contact my office should you have questions or to schedule a facility tour. We want you to have confidence in us and in the elections processes. Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Supervisor of Elections.

 

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    Office Closure--Observance of Memorial Day

    The Lake County Supervisor of Elections office will be closed on Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

    On this annual day of remembrance, our team would like to express our gratitude to the families whose loved one(s) died in service to our country during peace and war. We honor these fallen heros not just today but every day when we check the privileges that we have as American citizens, including the right to vote.

    During the office closure, community members are encouraged to visit lakevotes.gov for an array of online services. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th.

     

     

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Lake County Supervisor of Elections Warns of Potential Text Scam

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Alan Hays, Lake County Supervisor of Elections, is warning citizens of Lake County about a potential scam involving text messages related to voter registration.


The text message prompts individuals to login and click a link to update or change their voter registration. The public is urged not to click on any links from unsolicited texts claiming to assist with voter registration. The Lake County Supervisor of Elections office does not offer voter registration through text messaging.


“I caution all citizens to be vigilant this election cycle for political scams that can mislead unsuspecting individuals into a frightful experience that can be difficult to overcome,” commented Hays. “Don’t get caught up by aggressive tactics or emotions. Protect your personal information, including your voter registration,” further commented Supervisor Hays.
Residents are advised to contact the Lake County Supervisor of Elections office directly for legitimate voter registration and election information.


Days/Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Phone Number: 352-343-9734
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Register to Vote at: https://www.lakevotes.gov/Register-to-Vote
 

Clermont Special Election Official Results Post and Post-Election Audit

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Lake County Supervisor of Elections Announces 
Clermont Special Election Official Results & Post-Election Audit


The results of the Clermont Special Election have been certified by the Canvassing Board and are posted at www.lakevotes.gov.  
To view the official results, visit www.lakevotes.gov and select the Election Night Result button on the home page. 

“Once again, I would like to express my appreciation to the Canvassing Board and to each Election Worker for their efforts during the Clermont Special Election. These individuals gave up their time and demonstrated tremendous flexibility during the administration of this election,” stated Alan Hays, Lake County Supervisor of Elections.  “They are the heartbeat of elections,” commented Supervisor Hays.

The precincts chosen for the Post-Election Audit of the Clermont Special Election are: 

245 – Heritage Hills Clubhouse    250 – Legends Clubhouse

The Post-Election Audit will occur Tuesday, May 21st at 8:30 a.m. at 1898 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, FL. The public is invited to observe. Space is limited. 

As Lake County’s trusted source of election information, voters are welcome to reach out to the Supervisor of Elections Office at 352-343-9734 with comments or questions.
 

Clermont Special Election Unofficial Results Posted

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The unofficial results of the Clermont Special Election have been posted at LakeVotes.gov. The results include Vote-by-Mail and all Election Day precincts.

The results do not include:
•    Provisional Ballots
•    Ballots undergoing the Cure Process
•    Overseas Ballots  

Voters who need to resolve signature issues, must do so by Thursday, May 16th by 5:00 p.m. 

In accordance with Florida Statutes, the unofficial results will be certified by May 16th after provisional ballots have been canvassed. The certification of official results is expected by May 21st.

To view the unofficial results, visit https://enr.electionsfl.org/LAK/3595/Summary/.

“We would like to thank the City of Clermont Canvassing Board members and the Election Workers who made possible today’s election,” stated Alan Hays, Lake County Supervisor of Elections. “Local elections do matter, and we appreciate every voter that cast a vote in the Clermont Special Election,” commented Hays. 

The Lake County Supervisor of Elections Office would like to remind Lake Countians of these important dates for the upcoming 2024 Primary Election:

•    July 22nd  – Registration books close for new registrations and party changes
•    August 20th – Election Day
 

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