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(left to right) Current Leon County Elections Supervisor Mark Earley, Former Supervisor Ion Sancho, and Leon County Commission Chair John Dailey at the dedication of the new elections headquarters that bears Sancho's name.
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A new facility that contains all of Leon County's elections functions was officially opened on Thursday, Sept. 21. It's been named in honor of the county's immediate past supervisor of elections.

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Leon County officials will be holding an event Thursday, which honors longtime supervisor of elections Ion Sancho.

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Two of Florida’s election supervisors are backing an initiative to restore voting rights for ex-felons.  Broward and Leon County’s supervisors are urging the state supreme court to certify the proposal for the 2018 ballot. 

Mark Earley, the man who rose from voting machine technician to Leon County’s voting systems manager, will be the next supervisor of elections.

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Early voting in Leon County begins Monday and runs through Sunday November 6th. Any registered voter may cast their ballot at seven different locations throughout Tallahassee, including the county courthouse, and at various public library branches. Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says residents can find more information in their voting guide.

Spending the first election night in decades away from the office paid off nicely for Mark Earley, the leading contender to replace his boss, Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho.

Levy Park, neighborhood of the year.
Nick Evans

When Florida voters head to the polls on Tuesday and again in November, many will be voting in a new congressional district. Nick Evans and Kate Payne look at what redistricting means for one Tallahassee neighborhood.

If it were illegal it would be the perfect crime. Phony write-in candidates are stealing the franchise from thousands of Florida voters who don’t even know they’re victims. But a Jacksonville civil rights attorney is asking the Florida Supreme Court to do something about it.

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The August 30th Primary is just around the corner, and a common misconception is only those affiliated with a major political party can vote in that election. But, Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho wants to set the record straight.

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Florida’s elections chief says he’s worried about potential disturbances during this year’s elections, and he’s working with law enforcement and supervisors of elections across the state on a plan.

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Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho is preparing to mail out thousands of vote-by-mail ballots—previously called absentee ballots.

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There may be no Democratic Party primary for school superintendent this August. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, City Commissioner Scott Maddox says he’s considering dropping out of the race for superintendent. Instead, he would run to keep his seat on the city commission.

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Three hundred fifty high schoolers signed up to vote through the voter registration challenge sponsored by the Leon County School board and Supervisor of Elections.

The Florida Presidential Primary election is over, but voters have more decisions to make in this year’s important electoral cycle.

Leon County Readies for Presidential Primary

Feb 12, 2016
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Leon County’s preparations for Florida’s March 15th Presidential Primary Election are well underway.

On Tuesday (2/9), County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho was supervising the mailing out of some 17,000 ballots from the main Tallahassee post office. He noted these were once known as “absentee ballots”.

“It used to be that you needed an excuse to vote by mail,” he said. “That is why they called it an ‘absentee ballot’. You actually has to be physically absent from the county before you could vote by mail.”

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The first of what may be several candidates to succeed longtime Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho filed his campaign paperwork Monday morning.  The candidate is no stranger to the local elections office and Sancho says, in the 27 years he’s been supervisor, this is the first candidate endorsement he’s made.

Think You Can't Vote In Leon County? You Might Be Wrong

Nov 3, 2014
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Leon County’s elections supervisor says some voters might not realize they’re eligible to cast ballots in Tuesday’s midterm election.

First, Ion Sancho says, many residents who are registered to vote in other Florida counties can vote in Leon on Election Day instead.

“People who are saying, ‘Gosh, my voter registration—I registered to vote in Gainesville, but I’ve been living here for a couple years’no problem. You can register and vote here because under the eyes of court decisions, you’re living here," he says. 

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Saturday is the last day Floridians can early vote ahead of the November 4th general election. With just days left, an ad is now circulating with Leon County election supervisor Ion Sancho encouraging citizens to vote early.

The goal of Sancho’s TV and digital ad is to encourage registered Leon County residents to get out the vote. He first touts the seven early voting locations that are available. Then, he outlines what’s at stake.

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Early voting is underway in Leon County ahead of the November 4th general election, and Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says it's going smoothly so far.

“All seven locations have been up and running now for the better part of two days,said Sancho. “On Monday, we had over 1,900 voters vote, and right now, we’re well on the way to match that pace.”

Sancho adds mail balloting is also continuing at the same time as in-person early voting.

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Monday is the last day to register to vote in Florida ahead of the November general election.

If you want to vote November 4th and help decide some key local, state, and congressional races, Duval County Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland says interested Floridians must be registered by Monday.

Ahead of any general election, it can be easy for voters to get confused. And, at least one area of Florida is reporting confusion over the 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms, to a medical marijuana initiative known as Amendment 2 set to appear on the November ballot.

Unlike the last general election, where voters were faced with 11 state constitutional amendments, this year they’ll only be faced with three—not counting local ballot initiatives.

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Early voting for the primary kicks off Saturday in Leon County. And while Florida has what are called "closed primaries," that doesn’t mean a person has to be a Democrat or Republican to have a say in some races. Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho says some local races, like school board will be decided during the primary election.

Here's John Devaney arguing before Judge Terry Lewis
Nick Evans

This week voting rights groups presented their case for redrawing Florida’s unconstitutional electoral map immediately rather than waiting until after this year’s election.  But officials charged with conducting elections are doubtful the plan could work.  

Lawmakers Visit Leon County’s Supervisor Of Elections

Feb 19, 2013
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Recent changes to Florida’s election laws have caused uproars in the courts and the voting lines. Members of Florida’s Senate Ethics and Elections Committee took a field trip on Tuesday to the Leon County’s Supervisor of Elections office to get a behind the scenes look at how the elections process works.

Early Voting starts in Florida Saturday, and in Leon County alone, they’re anticipating a huge turnout. The county led the state in its overall voter turnout last election, and Leon County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho says he’s expecting about that much this year, especially with early voting set to begin this weekend.