Elections Security and
Law Enforcement Partners
The right to vote is one of the most fundamental freedoms guaranteed to American citizens. This year, Floridians will be exercising that right, and maintaining the security of our elections is our top priority. The Florida Secretary of State’s Office has been working tirelessly with law enforcement and other cybersecurity experts to ensure that the voting process is safe and secure. Watch our brief public service announcement to find out more:
Florida has invested millions of dollars in stronger elections safeguards, equipment, and training. We are working closely with our law enforcement partners at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and other federal, state, and local partners on critical elections security measures. Foreign threats to our democracy continue and are evolving, but Florida is committed to protecting every vote in each of the state’s 67 counties.
To learn more about the efforts of our federal partners, visit:
Cybersecurity and COVID-19
The safety of you and your vote is vital to fair, secure, and accessible elections this year in Florida. That’s why cybersecurity for Elections 2020 is stronger than ever, aided by our partnerships with top experts at DHS, the FBI and other federal and state agencies. In addition, special precautions will be in place for voting in order to protect you during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, watch our brief public service announcement:
Florida is taking important steps to protect you and your vote in 2020. The Florida Department of State and elections officials in all 67 counties have joined forces to strengthen our critical elections infrastructure and cybersecurity. This unprecedented partnership, called the Joint Election Security Initiative (JESI), means Florida will be better prepared than ever to identify and respond to foreign or domestic elections security threats. You can be confident that our elections will be secure.
In addition, because of concerns about COVID-19, new measures will be implemented to protect the health and safety of voters, poll workers, and everyone else involved in the elections process. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the State of Florida has followed guidance from the Florida Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
To learn about efforts to fight COVID-19 in Florida, visit Florida Department of Health COVID-19.
All voters must be registered to vote – but HOW you vote is up to you. Supervisors of Elections will be implementing safety measures such as cleaning and sanitizing polling equipment, so you can vote safely in person, or you can choose to vote-by-mail. To find out more, watch our brief public service announcement:
Florida voters can choose to vote-by-mail, vote early in person, or vote at the polls on Election Day. No matter how you vote, you and your ballot will be safe.
We are doing everything possible to ensure the integrity of our 2020 Florida elections. Our partnership with the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) enables us to crosscheck the state’s voter registration data with that of 30 other member states. This helps identify duplicate registrations and voters who have moved or passed away – ensuring that voter rolls are more accurate and carry less potential for fraud. Our affiliation with ERIC also allows the State of Florida to contact potentially eligible but unregistered voters and provide them with information on how to get registered and vote – an extraordinary outreach effort that could significantly boost the number of Floridians exercising their right to vote.
Note that you must be registered in order to vote. Learn more here: Florida Online Voter Registration.
If you wish to vote by mail, you must submit a request for a ballot through your county Supervisor of Elections. You can learn more at: Vote-by-Mail - Division of Elections .
Florida is committed to elections security and is prepared for possible attempts by foreign adversaries to infiltrate our information networks. Voters also need to be alert to misinformation campaigns and seek reliable, trusted sources of information to get the facts. Watch our brief public service announcement to find out more:
Cybersecurity is the first line of defense in elections. That’s why Florida has taken significant steps to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our elections. But there is a related threat to our democracy – misinformation and disinformation campaigns designed to improperly influence voters or to sow discord. Some of this misdirection is generated by Twitter bots and fake Facebook accounts – but whatever its source, all of it is meant to mislead, divide, and create conflict within the electorate. Voters need to be aware of false and divisive information on everything from where to vote, to where a candidate stands on the issues. That’s why it’s imperative that voters use only trusted sources to discern real information from misinformation and disinformation.
For questions about elections in Florida, the Department of State can help. Visit Florida Division of Elections.