Mike is known world-wide as an expert on elections issues, speaking to state, national and international election official organizations, as well as testifying before a subcommittee of the United States Senate on Florida election laws and the State of Texas Legislature on voter identification laws.
Mike has spoken about election law to conventions of the American Bar Association and the American Association of Political Consultants.
In 2011 he was a speaker at the Heritage Foundation concerning military voting rights, and was the only U.S. elections administrator to present at the International Electoral Affairs Symposium in London, where he facilitated the discussion among international election officials on building voter trust.
Last year he was chosen as one of ten inaugural recipients of Campaigns and Elections magazine’s Innovator Awards for his voter outreach activities.
Ertel’s views on election administration have been featured nationally on Fox News and MCNBC.
In 2006, Ertel was the only Florida election observer of the city of New Orleans' first post-Katrina election.
He has completed the Harvard Program on Negotiation crisis communications module How to Deal with an Angry Public.
In an effort to detect absentee ballot fraud, in 2011 he became Florida’s first elections official to complete a course from West Virginia University on forensic document examination.
to becoming supervisor Ertel was a radio personality and an award-winning journalist. He spent eight years in the U.S. Army as a public affairs representative during many international operations, and is a member of the VFW.
After coming home from the Army, Mike became Seminole County government's first public information professional, guiding communications for the county government. After that, he was the director of public relations for a 185-location bank, and conducted post-disaster public relations for the State of Florida's tourism marketing agency Visit Florida.Mike, his wife Michelle, Zane, 18, Gillian, 16, their dogs Winston and Betty, and a cat named Delilah live in unincorporated Seminole County, not far from the neighborhood in which he grew up.