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Election Integrity

Reasons Your Vote is Secure in Walton County
 

Election integrity and transparency is always at the forefront of our minds here at the Walton County Supervisor of Elections Office. We wanted to share some of the safeguards in place to ensure that only eligible voters can vote and that our vote counts are accurate.

  • Elections are designated as critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security, providing local election officials access to valuable resources, intelligence, and funding needed to keep elections secure.
  • All funding for our office only comes from taxpayer funded sources. No outside interests.
  • Our office partners with several other agencies to ensure our network and cybersecurity posture follows the latest best practices, including risk assessments, cybersecurity training, and network monitoring.
  • Each voter registration application is checked to verify the applicant’s identity and eligibility. Ongoing list maintenance is performed in accordance with state law to ensure our voter rolls are as accurate as possible.
  • Valid photo and signature identification is required to vote a regular ballot in Florida. Provisional ballots are available to voters whose eligibility cannot be immediately determined.
  • Extensive physical security and chain-of-custody procedures are utilized throughout the entire election process, including 24-hour camera surveillance, restricted access controls, and 2+ person confirmations.
  • Many layers of physical and digital security are utilized, including locks, seals, passwords, multi-factor authentication, encryption, audit logs, 24-hour camera surveillance, access controls, employee background checks, fire-proof safes, and more.
  • All election-related activities, such as testing, tabulation, and canvassing, are overseen by a
    3-member canvassing board (judge, commissioner, supervisor) in public meetings with observers.
  • The logic and accuracy of our tabulation system is tested extensively and certified before each election, both in-house by staff and again by the canvassing board in a public meeting with observers. Machines are locked and sealed until the election by the canvassing board after a successful test.
  • We only use reputable vendors who follow security best practices and software and hardware versions that have been state-tested and certified. Our voting system vendor, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), is a 100% American owned company based in Omaha, Nebraska. 
  • Vote-by-mail ballots must be requested and are specific to each voter. Upon return of the ballot, signatures are verified as a match or referred to the canvassing board for review and determination in a public meeting with observers.
  • Our system tracks voters in real-time, meaning a voter can only cast one ballot, whether they vote by mail, vote early, or on Election Day.
  • Voters can track and verify the status of their own voter record and voting activity at the My Status & Info page.
  • Voter turnout statistics are reported online in real-time and daily voter reports are sent to the Department of State, from the first voter to the last.
  • Ongoing detailed ballot accounting and reconciliation is performed to ensure that the count of eligible voters checked-in matches the count of ballots issued and ballots cast in each polling place and/or voting method.  (1 voter = 1 ballot cast)
  • Every paper ballot sent to a polling place is accounted for, even spoiled ballots. Voters must print and sign their name to receive their ballot. Names can be verified against the list of voters checked in. 
  • Tabulators use dual election-specific and lifetime machine ballot counters to prevent against tampering. Lifetime counters should only increment by the same amount as the election counter.
  • Serial and seal numbers, ballot quantities, machine counters, and voter check-ins are verified continuously.
  • All voting is done on paper ballots that can be independently audited and recounted. All ballots and election records are retained for 22 months following an election.
  • Encrypted electronic results, backed up by an independent printed paper results report printed immediately after the polls close, are collected from each individual tabulator and are reconciled against the accumulated results in the Elections Office.
  • Preliminary detailed election results are available online within minutes after the polls close and are updated to include Election Day votes as results arrive from the Election Day polling places. We verify that the posted results match the results from the tabulation system.
  • Our voter registration system is not connected to our tabulation system. We use a highly encrypted stand-alone tabulation system, with no outside connections or remote access, to tabulate and report election results. Programming and reporting is done in-house by staff.
  • Digital ballot images, created as ballots are tabulated, and detailed audit logs are collected, reviewed for inconsistencies, and retained as an additional backups of paper ballots and as auditing tools.
  • A post-election audit of the ballots is performed and certified by the canvassing board in a public meeting after every election to verify that the machine counts match the ballots. These audits have all been 100% accurate to date.
  • Recounts are automatically required if the results of a contest are 0.5% different or less. A machine recount is conducted first. If the machine recount results are 0.25% or less, a manual recount of the over votes and under votes are required. Recounts in our county have shown that the original tabulations were accurate.
  • A post-election Reconciliation Report of voters compared to ballots cast for every voting location and/or voting method is completed and submitted to the Department of State.
  • A Conduct of Election Report (“After Action Report”) detailing any issues with the election is certified in a public canvassing board meeting with observers and submitted to the Department of State.
  • We are transitioning our website to votewalton.gov, a domain reserved for verified government agencies, providing extra security and a verified online source for accurate election information for our voters.
     
  • See also the Election Integrity page at the Florida Department of State .
  • See also the Election Integrity handout from the FL DOS 

 

Main Office: map This link will direct you to an external website.  
Walton County Courthouse
571 US Hwy 90 East, Suite 102
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433

PHONE: (850) 892-8112 
FAX: (850) 892-8113
HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm                 

Branch Office: map This link will direct you to an external website.
Walton County Courthouse Annex
31 Coastal Centre Blvd, Suite 300
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

PHONE: (850) 622-0744
FAX: (850) 622-1291
HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
 

This website is provided as a source for public information. The Walton County Supervisor of Elections makes every effort to ensure the information provided is accurate. However, no warranties, expressed or implied, are provided for the data herein, its use or interpretation.

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