Election Security Fact Sheet
Decentralized Elections in Florida
- Each of Florida's 67 counties maintains their own local voter registration database and voting system. There is no single point of entry to affect the outcome.
Paper Ballots Only
- All voters in Lee County cast their vote using a paper ballot, which allows for a full audit of an election.
- Voter registration database and vote tabulation database are maintained independently on separate networks for a full reconciliation of ballots cast versus total voter turnout.
- The tabulation server is held in a closed network with no internet access.
- Office software patches and updates are installed as they become available.
- Numerous cyber-security systems, software, and procedures are in place, which includes active monitoring and intrusion detection.
- Lee County uses only state and federally certified voting systems to tabulate ballots.
- Every piece of equipment used in an election is tested thoroughly prior to the election.
- The logic and accuracy testing (L&A) of the voting system is held during a public meeting of the Canvassing Board.
- Rigorous ballot reconciliation procedures compare the number of ballots and voters throughout the process and apply to all voting methods including vote-by-mail ballots, and those cast during early voting and on Election Day.
- After each election, the Canvassing Board randomly selects one race and one or more precincts to be audited during a public meeting. A manual, hand count of the ballots is compared to the machine totals.