Volusia County Department of Elections
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Duties of the Supervisor of Elections
(Updated January 31, 2011)


The Volusia County Supervisor of Elections is charged, per Florida Statutes 97-106, WITH administering all elections pertaining to federal, state, and county elections held in Volusia County. In addition, contracts are entered into with municipalities to administer municipal elections.

The Supervisor of Elections is an elected official, elected every four years in a non partisan county wide contest. Volusia County is the only county in the state that considers the Supervisor of Elections to be an elected department head, and not a full constitutional officer. 65 other counties have the Supervisor as a full constitutional officer and 1 county, Miami-Dade, has an appointed Supervisor of Elections, appointed by the County Manager.

As an elected official, the Supervisor of Elections administers all elections in Volusia County, conducts voter registration and issues voter information cards, updates voter registration lists, and provides for absentee registration and absentee voting.

The Supervisor of Elections also is responsible for qualifying candidates for county office and receiving candidate campaign finance reports and financial disclosure reports.

Other duties and responsibilities include maintaining election equipment, hiring and training poll workers, renting and equipping polling places and providing information and statistics on voter registration, voting and elections.

Since 1894, there have been 9 Supervisors of Elections in Volusia County.

  • 1894-1902        CO Colvington         8 years
  • 1902-1916        John R Wetherell    14 years
  • 1916-1920        JC Hughes              4 years
  • 1920-1928        Anna Wetherell        8 years
  • 1928-1948        OG Sage               20 years (Passed away while in office)
  • 1948-1956        Rodney Thursby       8 years (Served as Sheriff from 1956-1968)
  • 1956-1992        Katherine Odham    36 years
  • 1992-2004        Deanie Lowe          12 years
  • 2004-Present    Ann McFall


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