The Florida Secretary of State’s Office oversees voting systems certification. Any voting system used in an election in Florida must first be tested and approved for purchase and use. The State rigorously tests voting systems to ensure the integrity of our elections process. Learn more about our extensive voting systems certification process.
Before each election, every county performs a Logic and Accuracy Test to ensure that ballots are printed correctly and that the voting system is counting votes correctly. This testing is publicly noticed and open to the public. See section 101.5612, Florida Statutes.
Further, after every election, each county must perform a post-election audit unless there has been a manual recount conducted in that election. See section 101.591, Florida Statutes; Rule 1S-5.026, Florida Administrative Code. This testing is publicly noticed and open to the public. The post-election audit confirmed that Florida’s 2020 election was secure and accurate.
- Post-Election Audits – 2020 General Election
- Analysis and Report of Overvotes and Undervotes - 2020 General Election - PDF
We’re confident in Florida’s election integrity. Florida's elections systems are secure. Florida's Legislature has enacted statutes ensuring that elections in this state are secure, fair, and above all, accurate. This brief document can help inform you of some of the steps that must occur before, during and after an election in each Florida county. Download the document here.
Should you observe or witness a potential case of elections fraud, please complete and submit a complaint form so it may be further investigated. Provide us with the date, time, place, and as much specific information and credible evidence as possible.
In 2020, the Department received 262 Elections Fraud Complaint forms and referred 71 to law enforcement or prosecuting authorities.
It is worth noting, some complaints and allegations of elections fraud are not reported to the Florida Department of State, but rather, reported directly to law enforcement agencies such as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI, as well as to state attorneys and United States Attorney’s Offices. Other complaints are reported directly to Supervisors of Elections, who may then report directly to law enforcement or prosecuting entities.