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A Message from Alan Hays

Lake County's Supervisor of Elections

As we bid Thanksgiving goodbye, for many of us, our focus turns to Christmas; food, family events, and gifts!!

The holiday season always brings many emotions to the forefront of our minds and I'd like us to reflect for a moment on the gifts and blessings that are ours as Americans. How did we come to be so abundantly blessed?

I and many other Americans count it a true blessing to have been born in this great country. Across the globe there our countless others that yearn to come here and become American citizens.

Our forefathers gifted us with a tremendous system of government through our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. Those two documents, taken together, serve as the foundation of our Republic. The Declaration states each of us are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The founders created the government to protect those rights so that no one can take them away. The government did NOT give those rights to us, they came from our Creator, therefore no one should be taking them from us.

Here we are, 247 years after the Declaration of Independence, still enjoying the privilege of voting to choose our government leaders. May we NEVER forget the sacrifices those founders made to insure our liberty!! Let's devote ourselves to become informed about the candidates and issues as a way to demonstrate our appreciation for the gifts the founding fathers gave us.

From our SOE team to you and your family, may you have a wonderful holiday season including a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year




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Election Security

Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays Addresses Election Security

With so many people talking about election security today, I feel it may be helpful to share with you some of the measures we take to secure your elections database and the tabulation system. Through a series of newsletter articles, we’ll be covering several topics related to election security.  For now, let’s begin with this overview.

Every Lake County SOE employee submits to a background check before being hired. A thorough onboarding process, along with ongoing training, makes your elections team a well-oiled professional machine. 

All computer stations have security measures in place that require multi-step authentication to gain access to that station.  Our facility is divided into security level zones and only those employees who have a need to access certain spaces are permitted into those areas.  Our internal security system has more than 20 cameras that record all activities 24/7.

Our Vote-by-Mail, tabulation, and Canvassing Board rooms each have large observation windows to allow people to observe our operations. Due to space constrictions, we must limit the number of observers at any given time, but we intentionally built the walls to show our personnel “on stage”.  We take transparency seriously!

Before each election all of our electronic poll books and every tabulation machine is thoroughly tested.  Florida Statutes require us to have a Public Logic & Accuracy Test of the tabulation equipment to be used in an election.  This test is publicly advertised and we encourage the public to attend the testing. The results of the test become a part of the permanent record of that election and are stored here in our office for 22 months after the election. NONE OF OUR TABULATION MACHINES are connected to the internet at any time.

Our goal in ALL that we do is to increase voter confidence and ensure accurate and efficient elections in our county and across the state in partnership with other SOE offices.  Please feel welcome to call our office or email us with your questions. or 352-343-9734.

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