Governor Ron DeSantis today announced that the Florida Department of State (DOS) and Florida’s 67 County Supervisors of Elections will engage in a cooperative cybersecurity initiative ahead of the 2020 election. [Read more…] about Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Plan to Evaluate Security of Elections Systems in Florida and a Total of $5.1 Million for Election Cybersecurity
Governor Rick Scott today announced that the Florida Department of State (DOS) has now approved Election Security Grant applications for all 67 Florida counties, totaling more than $14.5 million. [Read more…] about Gov. Scott: Election Security Grant Applications Approved for all 67 Counties
Research infographic describing the percent of requested absentee ballots in the primaries and party share of absentee ballot requests categorized by political party.
Research infographic describing the state laws on voting by mail throughout the United States.
Research infographic depicting the percent of general election votes cast in Florida on election day and through absentee ballots from 2004 to 2016.
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Research infographic describing the percent of requested absentee ballots that didn’t get returned categorized by political party and county in Florida.
Gubernatorial Candidate Statement
Today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Greene issued the following statement in response to news reports of “gross misconduct” in Commissioner Adam Putnam’s Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:
“The Florida Department of Agriculture has been bought and sold by proud NRA sellout Commissioner Adam Putnam. Employees are being told they ‘work for the NRA,’ not the people of Florida, concealed weapons permits are being handed out like lollipops – what egregious breach of trust will be exposed next? This is life and death. If Rick Scott won’t stand up and remove Putnam from public office, voters will. We’ve had it with lies, corruption, and the priorities of deep pocketed special interest groups being placed over public interest.”
The University of West Florida Center for Cybersecurity recently partnered with the Florida Department of State and election officials across Florida to provide training for supervisors of elections and key personnel to enhance cybersecurity resiliency ahead of the 2018 elections. [Read more…] about University of West Florida partners with state and local election officials to enhance cybersecurity preparations
Jeff Ramsey announced that he has filed to become a candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in District 51. Ramsey, a conservative Republican, is a teacher and Air Force veteran. The seat is currently held by Representative Tom Goodson, who will not be seeking reelection in 2018 due to term limits.
“I have spent my career fighting to make sure our country stays free and safe for future generations, and I look forward to continuing the fight in Tallahassee,” said Ramsey. “We must continue to push for policies that cut taxes and promote job growth as well as protect our freedoms, especially our Second Amendment rights. And Florida must ban sanctuary cities.”
Ramsey would also make veterans a priority: “As a veteran, I know how much the men and women in uniform sacrifice to protect our great country. We owe it to our veterans to give them economic opportunities, to see to it that they are well cared for and treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.”
After growing up in Camden, South Carolina, Ramsey enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he rose through the enlisted ranks and was later commissioned as an officer, retiring as a major. In 2001, his service brought him to Brevard County, where he was a launch director with the Delta program at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. At that post, he also provided leadership on complex projects where he managed large budgets and hundreds of staff. He finished his military career with a teaching assignment at the collegiate level, mentoring the next generation of Air Force officers.
After retiring from the Air Force, Ramsey began a career as a high school teacher. Starting in the fall of 2017, he will serve as the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor for Eau Gallie High School, leading the Junior ROTC program.
“Teaching is both a great privilege and responsibility, and I am very encouraged by the hard work and ambition I see in so many of my students,” said Ramsey. “But I am troubled by the lack of emphasis on civics education throughout a child’s school experience. It is imperative that we bolster the teaching of our nation’s history and the system of government our founders created.”
Ramsey and his wife, Michelle, a Merritt Island native, are the proud parents of six children. She is a certified public account and works as a manager in Brevard County.
House District 51 covers parts of central and northern Brevard County, including the communities of Rockledge, Cocoa, Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, and Cocoa Beach, as well as the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.