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News and Public Notices

Notice of Election
Notice is hereby given pursuant to 100.342 Florida Statutes

Franklin County School Board Referendum
Mail Ballot Election
June 23, 2020

Books Close: May 25, 2020

A vote by mail ballot will be mailed to all eligible registered voters in Franklin County.
Ballots are due back to the Supervisor of Elections Office by 7:00 PM Election Night, June 23, 2020.

If you have had an address change since the last time you voted, please make an address
update with the Supervisor of Elections Office.
 If you would like to receive vote-by-mail ballots for future elections, please check the box on the back of the return voter's certificate envelope.

Franklin County Supervisor of Elections
Heather C. Riley

  Candidate Qualifying Dates

Candidates who have filed their intent or those wishing to qualify for office have until Noon, May 11, 2020 to obtain the required petitions and submit them to the elections office for verification. If you miss the petition deadline you will be required to pay the qualifying fee.

Qualifying takes place beginning, Noon, June 8, 2020 and ends Noon, June 12, 2020.

For more information, please all 850-653-9520 and we will be happy to assist you.


Consider Vote by Mail for 2020 Elections

While it is an unprecedented time for us all, our office remains humbled by the support of our Poll Workers and community during the 2020 Presidential Preference Primary.

Looking ahead at the next two countywide elections, the Primary Election in August and the General Election in November, our office is urging Franklin County voters to better prepare by requesting a Vote by Mail ballot. Vote by Mail allows voters to cast their ballot from the safety and comfort of their home. Voters can easily request a mail ballot online at, by calling 850-653-9520 or emailing your request.

As a reminder, to keep our team members as safe as possible during this crisis, our office is closed to the public until further notice. We have one staff member in office per day and all our functions remain active remotely, we can be can reached at our office by emailing [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]or calling 850-653-9520.

We are committed to ensuring that the level of service we provide does not falter during this crisis.




Important notice from Franklin County Supervisor of Elections

Franklin SOE office is requesting limited exposure from the general public, with the exceptions of all public advertised events until further notice. We seek to keep our employees and the public safe through limited contact. 

We will be able to assist you via email & phone

Phone: 850-653-9520// Website:

 Supervisor of Elections: Heather Riley [email protected]   

Chief Deputy: Jennifer Hicks [email protected]

Deputy: RyAnna Lockley [email protected]

All candidates or those seeking to file your intent to run for office, please call ahead and we will make necessary arrangements.

  You can register to vote, change your address or party affiliation or request a vote by mail ballot all by clicking on one the buttons on this page. 


      Even though the deadline to mail a ballot to a voter has passed, over-the-counter mail ballots may still be issued. If you feel you are vulnerable or have fears of visiting your precinct on election day due to the Coronavirus, there is a solution. A voter may request and pick up a ballot for themselves or a voter may designate an individual to pick their ballot up. There is an affidavit that must be completed by the voter for the designee to be able to do so. Contact your Supervisor of Elections office at 850-653-9520 for any questions you may have.

     As your Supervisor of Elections, I take the health and safety of our voters, our poll workers and my office staff very seriously. I have been monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation very closely and have been communicating with our partners both on the state and federal level including the Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management, and other Supervisors across the state of Florida.  We have created safety kits that will be sent to each precinct which will contain the following items: hand sanitizer, Clorox disinfectant wipes, Lysol disinfectant spray, and antibacterial soap, gloves and alcohol wipes.  Precinct Clerks have been instructed on proper sanitation of their Precincts. Per CDC guideline please practice social distancing ,wash your hands often with soap and water, cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, avoid touching your face and stay tuned to local news for up to date information.

Statement From Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio Chief Elections Officials 

TALLAHA-SSEE, Fla. – The following statement is attributable to Secretary of State Kathy Hobbs (AZ), Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee (FL), Elections Board Chairman Charles Scholz (IL) and Secretary of State Frank LaRose (OH): As each of our four states prepare for voters to head to the polls on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, we are working closely with our state health officials to ensure that our poll workers and voters can be confident that voting is safe.

Unlike concerts, sporting events or other mass gatherings where large groups of people travel long distances to congregate in a confined space for an extended period of time, polling locations see people from a nearby community coming into and out of the building for a short duration.

Further, guidance from voting machine manufacturers on how best to sanitize machines, guidance from CDC on best practices for hand washing, and guidance from our respective state health officials is being provided to every polling location.

Americans have participated in elections during challenging times in the past, and based on the best information we have from public health officials, we are confident that voters in our states can safely and securely cast their ballots in this election, and that otherwise healthy poll workers can and should carry out their patriotic duties on Tuesday.


Early Voting for the Presidential Preference Primary will be:

March 2, 2020 thru March 14, 2020
8:30 - 5:30 daily at both Early Voting Locations.
* Supervisor of Elections Office
47 Ave F, Apalachicola
* Courthouse Annex
912 NW Ave A, Carrabelle

The last day to request a Vote by Mail ballot is March 7, 2020.

Absentee ballots may be picked up by yourself or a designee with a signed note through Election Day.

Check your voter registration or request a vote by mail ballot for the March 17, 2020 PPP - books close for the PPP on February 18, 2020.  


Pursuant to F.S. 101.5612, please be advised that the public
Logic and Accuracy Testing of all voting tabulation equipment to be used in the
March 17, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary will take place at the
Franklin County Supervisor of Elections Office located at 47 Ave F, Apalachicola, Florida on
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 at 10:00 AM.


November 1, 2019


                               Florida Supervisors of Elections to Offer Scholarship Opportunities

The Florida Supervisors of Elections is proud to once again offer scholarship opportunities to students from around the state. Three scholarships in the amount of $1,200 each will be awarded in 2020 with the winning students to be announced and recognized at the FSE Summer Conference to be held next May.

Applicants must be registered voters in Florida who have lived in the state for at least the preceding two years and have maintained at least a “C” average. Applicants must have been accepted or enrolled as a full-time student in a senior college or university in Florida and completed two years of junior college or undergraduate work. Students who apply must be either a Political Science, Public/Business Administration, or Journalism/Mass Communication major.

For the full list of requirements and for more information applicants are encouraged to reach out to the Supervisor of Elections office at 850-653-9520.



Bilingual Poll Workers Needed:

 We are currently looking for Poll Worker's who are fluent in both English and Spanish. If you or someone you know is bilingual and would like to work the polls for the upcoming 2020 Election Cycle, please contact our office at 850-653-9520.


Voter Assistance Hotline

Toll Free 1.866.308.6739  (in English and Español), available Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, with extended hours during statewide elections.

If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact the Division using the Florida Relay Service, 1.800.955.8771 (TDD), 1.800.955.8770 (Voice), or 1.877.955.8773 (Español). For more information visit the Florida Relay Service.