Poll: Florida voters trust election officials, love early voting

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Three-quarters say they trust their county Supervisor of Elections.

Florida voters say they trust their local election officials and that they want more early voting options.

The Tyson Group asked 1,000 likely General Election voters whether they trusted local poll workers and their elected county Supervisor of Elections and three-quarters said yes. The pollster found similar levels of support for allowing early voting in all elections (76%), including local and municipal contests, and providing at least 10 days of early voting (72%).

And nearly 9 in 10 voters (88%) said they support having multiple options for Florida voters to cast a ballot — broken down by method, 87% said they support early, in-person voting and 76% said they had confidence in mail ballots.

“Florida voters trust in their local election officials and support early voting and vote-by-mail among many options to ensure voter access,” said Daniel Griffith, senior director of policy for the Secure Democracy USA foundation.

“Despite growing polarization across America on some issues, when it comes to elections, Florida voters across the spectrum voice strong support for policies and processes that improve access and strengthen trust.”

The Tyson Group also measured voter opinion on voting rights restoration and found 60% support allowing convicted felons to regain voting rights when they are no longer incarcerated. In 2018, 64.5% of voters voted “yes” on a successful ballot amendment allowing felons to regain voting rights after completing their sentences.

After the amendment passed, lawmakers devised an implementing bill that gatekept suffrage behind the payment of court fines, fees and restitution. However, there is no authoritative database allowing felons to check whether they qualify for voting rights restoration, which has led some ineligible voters to cast ballots and, in consequence, pick up voter fraud charges.

More than two-thirds of voters (68%) say the state should address the issue by creating an easily accessible online database where felons can find accurate, up-to-date information about their eligibility to vote.

The Tyson Group poll was commissioned by Secure Democracy and was conducted Nov. 27-29, 2023. The survey has a +/- 2.95-percentage-point margin of error.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


  • Incels of floridumb

    February 22, 2024 at 5:51 am

    A very good poll w 1k polled and the MOST CHRISTIAN RESULTS.

    Florida is a CHRISTIAN STATE and we up here are ok w that; actually we like having you where we can cut you off near Brunswick GA with a lovely WALL when we FLexit you.

  • Mayorkas Impeached

    February 22, 2024 at 6:04 am

    Demos turned our election system upside down with the “hanging chad” BS on a ballot created by the Democrat supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County. Then we had the two incompetent Democrats running the elections in Broward County. Both removed. Myriam Oliphant and Brenda Snipes.

    • Dont Say FLA

      February 22, 2024 at 8:51 am

      Myriam was fired by Jeb Bush 20 years ago around the same time Jeb Bush appointed Brenda Snipes. You seem to be living in the past when convenient, MI, but you’ve named yourself for the G0P’s latest self-embarrassment. Guess you cherry pick whatever sounds good for whatever you might be trying to say which here is that Democrats are bad yet you somehow failed to mention the involvement of Jeb Bush with both of them. While this is better than “Howler monkeys,” please try harder. Try to be credibly honest, maybe.

      • Mayorkas Impeached

        February 22, 2024 at 10:57 am

        Talk about spin Don’t Say. You completely gloss over the fact that both of those Broward County election supervisors were removed for incompetence. Instead you try to blame it as a political move
        by Governor Bush. With regards to history, you know the old saying, “Those that fail to learn from history are bound to repeat it”. You spin just like Biden and the Democrats are now attempting to spin the Southern Debacle. He and Kamala should be impeached as well based on the two of them completely shirking their responsibility to protect our sovereignty.

        • Dont Say FLA

          February 22, 2024 at 5:29 pm

          Sorry the Jeb references were for time frame only. No implications intended. Those two people were 20 years ago which is so long ago that Jebra was still a thing.

          When you got a lot of counties, you’re bound to get the occasional screw-up employee in charge of elections (or even the entire state but that’s a different post lol). Incompetence doesn’t mean “fraud” and it doesn’t mean not to trust the system. The system got rid of both of them, two decades ago.

          Got anything more recent? What about Rhonda sending voter registration cards to convicted felons who were not eligible to vote? There’s something for ya to look into. Do you trust your current voter registration card just given to you by State of Florida means you can vote? “Cause sometimes it don’t!

          • Dont Say FLA

            February 22, 2024 at 5:38 pm

            Actually retract that. I did mention Jebra as a rebuttal to your assertion that it’s Democracts. Jebra appointed at least 50% of those two

    • Beth

      February 24, 2024 at 2:49 pm

      Yep. That’s how much we trust our Supervisors of Elections.

  • Earl Pitts "Sage Political Expert Emeritas" American

    February 22, 2024 at 6:31 am

    Good Morn ‘Ting Sage Patriots,
    Relax your Sphincters as that “Fake News” polling “Fake Business” THE TYSON GROUP occupies an empty building and is nothing but a G. Soros propaganda front group.
    No voters trust election officals and All voters hate early voting.
    You are welcome Sage Patriots,
    Earl Pitts “Electorial Jurisprudance Expert” American

  • Voting tip for Libs with long wait times

    February 22, 2024 at 9:01 am

    GOP run state Secretaries of State will frequently close voting precincts in poor neighborhoods and redirect all the voters to a precinct in an affluent liberal neighborhood, yielding wait times of 4 or more hours, easy. The poor precinct voters have to be notified of the change in precinct location, but the affluent voters with resources to fight such voter suppression techniques never know until voting day because their LOCATION didn’t change, it only had 8000 voters added to it.

    When they do that, leave, go to a GOP leaning precinct which will have almost no wait. Get told you’re at the wrong precinct. Most states have two outcomes. One is that late in the day, you can cast your provisional ballot at that wrong precinct. The other is that earlier in the day, they’ll give you a piece of paper that lets you bypass the line at your own precinct that just got 8000 extra voters added to it.

    Since elections are run by the counties, check your local laws, but that is how it goes in most places.

    • Brenda Snipes

      February 22, 2024 at 9:31 am

      Total fabricated BS.

      • Dont Say FLA

        February 22, 2024 at 5:37 pm

        That all sounds pretty accurate, imo. What is the fabrication? And, did you know, if you write incorrect statements on the internet about voting rules, you can be arrested for election interference and/or voter suppression depending on what you wrote. Did you know?

        Claiming something to be “total fabricated BS” if it’s actually true and the topic is voting or elections, people can go to jail for that. Ya better make sure you’re correct that The Tipster is making stuff up.

    • Tom

      February 22, 2024 at 9:34 am

      Just register to vote by mail. Why waste your day standing around? It’s kind of a no brainer in Florida.

      • Mayorkas Impeached

        February 22, 2024 at 11:18 am

        I vote early. No lines and it is easy.

        • Dont Say FLA

          February 22, 2024 at 5:32 pm

          Agree. Voting early during early voting normally means no wait.

          The final week of early voting can tend to crowd up sometimes, so go earlier during your period of early voting rather than later if you want to avoid the lines.

  • PeterH

    February 22, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    Register to vote and request a mail-in ballot. Complete that ballot as soon as it arrives and return it to the mail box. Wait a week and verify on-line that your ballot has been processed. Vote!

  • FLPatriot

    February 22, 2024 at 1:03 pm

    BS….They don’t poll anyone. No one I know trusts the elected officials.

  • Vino

    February 22, 2024 at 1:24 pm

    After being employed by an election team and seeing how dedicated the employees are at following laws, practicing proper safety measures, checks and balances, I do trust in our election officials. Knowing the hard work being done, I’m telling everyone to vote. Why wouldn’t you? Also, be sure to vote on every matter that you can because it affects you, me and everyone.

  • Ocean Joe

    March 1, 2024 at 12:18 pm

    One big crybaby spoiled brat could not accept losing so he made a crusade out of discrediting election workers and results. So here we are, Trump has taken the imaginary American carnage and made it real.
    A friend was a court reporter in the Dade Supervisor of Elections office when the ‘Brooks Brothers’ riot took place. Said it was terrifying. A mob pounding on the glass walls. Reminiscent of the brown shirts. A mini-preview of the tourist visit of January 6th.

  • Gary H

    March 1, 2024 at 12:41 pm

    It’s not really true that after the Amendment that allowed felons to vote passed, that the Legislature “…lawmakers devised an implementing bill that gatekept suffrage behind the payment of court fines, fees and restitution.” The ACLU’s attorney, when before the FL Supreme Court, argued that the Amendment called for all “everything within the 4 corners (of the sentence sheet prepared by the sentencing judge and court)” must be met. It’s on the record, I don’t know why folks lie about it when the transcripts are out there.

    • TJC

      March 4, 2024 at 6:14 pm

      If it was all there to begin with, why did GOP legislators pass a subsequent bill to “clarify” what was in there? Their bill was subjectively interpretive, not a clarification. It was meant to kill the Amendment.

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