Meet Mike

Internationally Recognized Elections Leader

Michael Ertel has been Supervisor of Elections for Seminole County for seven years.
  He has made significant improvements in services to voters and candidates under the office's new mission statement: Efficient Elections — Excellent Service — Fiduciary Conservatism — Voter Confidence.

Since Ertel has taken office, Seminole County's elections have been scandal-free, efficiently-run, and cost Seminole County taxpayers less than any other county in the region (see chart below).

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.

Seminole County Native

The 42-year-old Ertel is a homegrown elected official, attending Red Bug, Sterling Park and English Estates elementary, Tuskawilla middle and Lake Howell high and the University of Maryland University College.  He is Florida's only elections official to complete the American University Election Management Institute.

Prior 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.

In his spare time, Mike is an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, enjoys racquetball, American Revolutionary history, the music of the Rat Pack and tinkering with his collection of antique radios
Central Florida's Most Fiscally Conservative Elections Office

Graphic courtesy of the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office Budget Proposal to the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners.