Anna Gogadze, Senior Outreach Coordinator: 941-833-5403, [email protected]
Daniel Mingrone, Assistant Senior Outreach Coordinator
Hon. Paul A. Stamoulis, Supervisor of Elections
Our Outreach Programs are extensions of the Supervisor of Elections (SOE) offices. Great strides have been made to make voting easier for our voters with special needs and our senior population. This is a way for the Supervisor of Elections to reach out to the community and serve all citizens of Charlotte County. Serving our elderly population and veterans with periodic visits throughout the year to various Senior Centers and Veteran’s Homes is beneficial, increasing the value of life for our senior citizens.
Our Senior Outreach Team members go out into the community to provide services to voters that are unable, for any variety of reasons, to come into our offices. We are non-partisan professionals providing general information and tools for allowing members to cast their vote.
Working through the Activities Director in any of the care facilities that request our presence, the arrangements are made for the residents to interact with the representatives from the SOE office. These team members can help residents register to vote, make necessary changes or updates, and deliver ballots upon Supervised Voting Request from the Activities’ Director.
During a non-election year, representatives from the Supervisor of Elections office visit Senior Centers and Veteran Homes in Charlotte County. They register new voters, take address changes and update signatures.
In accordance with recently enacted Senate Bill 90: “Elections”, the public is prohibited from distributing, ordering, requesting, collecting or delivering or otherwise physically possessing more than two Vote-by-Mail ballots per election in addition to his or her own ballot or a ballot belonging to an immediate family member…” Exceptions are granted to assisted living facilities and nursing home facilities during Supervised Voting. (F.S. 104.0616 (2) Vote-by-mail ballots and voting; violations).
Our office will be happy to sign-up residents to vote-by-mail for the next election cycle by 1). Calling our office at 941-833-5400 or by 2). Please visit our website at: www.soecharlottecountyfl.gov and following the instructions.
Supervised Voting takes place only during an election year cycle. A few months before the elections, our office contacts the activities director, offering them onsite visits and/or supervised voting sessions. Upon request from the activities director, the Outreach Coordinator sets up the time for the visits. During these visits, family members are encouraged to be present when possible. This allows the residents to be more comfortable in the event they have questions or need additional assistance. This becomes especially important when the ballots are delivered, as our representatives are non-partisan and unable to provide any information relating to specific candidates or issues.
In the office, several logs are maintained to preserve the integrity of the Supervised Voting process. A log is kept, tracking the disposition of the ballots from the time they leave the SOE office until they are securely returned. Ballots are kept secure until they are processed. A Senior Outreach delivery bag seal #log is maintained. Each facility has a designated bag with a seal. They are logged in and logged out whenever a change occurs.
During an election cycle, the ballots for the Supervised voting are delivered three to four weeks prior to an election. Two to four Election Workers may accompany the Senior Outreach Coordinator. These workers are representatives of major parties and assist the voter by reading instructions for marking their ballot. They are collateral witnesses to maintain the integrity of the voting process.
Tying It All Together:
Our dedicated Outreach Specialists and Election workers represent the Supervisor of Elections Offices and continue to serve the voting needs of Charlotte County residents who designate Senior Centers and Veteran Homes as their primary residence. The representatives of the SOE office help informed voters exercise their democratic right to vote, fulfilling our founding fathers’ dreams with honor and dignity.
- Florida Voter Registration Applications (FVRA)
- Sample Ballots (when available)
- Q & A Brochures
- Secure Transport Receptacles
- Log Reports (to maintain integrity of processes)