Vote Alachua Update
July 2018
From the Supervisor

The 2018 Primary Election is less than 60 days away, which means we are hard at work getting everything ready.

One of our office's major themes for this election season is working with voters to make sure they consider their voting options. We want people to feel as comfortable casting their ballots via early voting or vote-by-mail as they do on Election Day. My Gainesville Sun column last month focused on that, and I hope you'll take a minute to read it and share it with your friends in Alachua County. Here's the link: . 

Another important theme statewide is elections security. Voters deserve to know their ballots are safe and secure. This is why we've partnered with the University of Florida's Bob Graham Center for Public Service to host a public program at 6 p.m. on September 27 in Pugh Hall that focuses on elections security . It's a few months away, but I encourage you to mark your calendars now!

Kim A. Barton
Supervisor of Elections
Alachua County
Who's on the 2018 Primary Election Ballot?
U.S. Senate (Republican Primary)
  • Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente
  • Rick Scott

District 3 Representative in Congress (Democratic Primary)
  • Dushyant Jethagir Gosai
  • Yvonne Hayes Hinson
  • Tom Wells

District 3 Representative in Congress (Republican Primary)
  • Judson Sapp
  • Ted Yoho

Governor and Lt. Governor (Democratic Primary)
  • Andrew Gillum
  • Gwen Graham
  • Jeff Greene
  • Chris King
  • Philip Levine
  • Alex "Lundy" Lundmark
  • John Wetherbee

Governor and Lt. Governor (Republican Primary)
  • Don Baldauf
  • Ron DeSantis
  • Timothy M. Devine
  • Bob Langford
  • John Joseph Mercadante
  • Bruce Nathan
  • Adam H. Putnam
  • Bob White

Attorney General (Democratic Primary)
  • Sean Shaw
  • Ryan Torrens

Attorney General (Republican Primary)
  • Ashley Moody
  • Frank White

Commissioner of Agriculture (Democratic Primary)
  • Nicole "Nikki" Fried
  • Jeffrey Duane Porter
  • Roy David Walker

Commissioner of Agriculture (Republican Primary)
  • Matt Caldwell
  • Denise Grimsley
  • Mike McCalister
  • Baxter Troutman

District 8 State Senator (Democratic Primary)
  • Kayser Enneking
  • Olysha Magruder

District 10 State Representative (Republican Primary)
  • Chuck Brannan
  • Marc Vann

District 21 State Representative (Democratic Primary)
  • Jason Lee Haeseler
  • Amol Jethwani

District 2 Alachua County Commissioner (Democratic Primary)
  • Randy Wells
  • Marihelen Haddock Wheeler

Group 8 Circuit Judge, Eighth Judicial Circuit (Nonpartisan — appears on all Alachua County ballots)
  • David Robertson
  • Julie Waldman
  • Gloria Walker

Group 2 Alachua County Judge (Nonpartisan — appears on all Alachua County ballots)
  • Craig DeThomasis
  • Meshon Rawls
  • Jon Uman
  • Darla K. Whistler

District 1 Alachua County School Board (Nonpartisan — appears on all Alachua County ballots)
  • Tina Certain
  • April Griffin

District 3 Alachua County School Board (Nonpartisan — appears on all Alachua County ballots)
  • Judy DeJesus McNeil
  • Gunnar Paulson
  • April Barefoot Tisher

District 5 Alachua County School Board (Nonpartisan — appears on all Alachua County ballots)
  • Rob Hyatt
  • Paul Wolfe
Vote-by-Mail Video

Our office will be publishing videos with important elections information on our Facebook page. We created one encouraging voters to sign up to vote by mail . Check it out .
Vote Alachua Team Spotlight
David Thomas

David Thomas has worked for the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections since 2007. He now serves as the office's director of operations, having previously worked as information specialist for nine years.

In his role, he is responsible for handling the logistics of preparing, deploying, and maintaining the voting equipment and supplies throughout Alachua County. 

He says his favorite part of being a member of the Vote Alachua Team is working a team of dedicated technicians in the Operations Center.

When he's not at work, David, who is from the Tampa area, enjoys doing DIY projects around the house, reading, watching TV and exercising.
Director of Outreach TJ Pyche's work was featured by, a website for elections officials that was created by the Knight Foundation, the Center for Technology and Civic Life and the Center for Civic Design.

The article focuses on TJ's use of the website Canva to create graphics to gain attention for outreach efforts.

Read the article by clicking here .
The Gainesville Sun recently published a piece by Craig Waters, the communications director for the Florida Supreme Court. It focused on Josiah T. Walls, for whom our office's building is named, and his final resting spot. It's believed that Walls is buried in an unmarked grave in Tallahassee.

The Alachua County Canvassing Board met for the 2018 City of Gainesville Mail Ballot Annexation Elections.

The Canvassing Board is comprised of Supervisor Barton, Alachua County Commissioner Mike Byerly and Alachua County Judge Thomas Jaworski.
The 2016 presidential election was fraught with concerns over hacking and manipulation, bringing election security to the forefront and election administration under scrutiny. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Pugh Hall Ocora, three of Florida’s Election Supervisors — Paul Lux (Okaloosa), Wesley Wilcox (Marion) and Mark Earley (Leon) — will provide insight into the Florida processes and procedures designed to keep voters’ ballots safe and secret. Susan MacManus, University of South Florida distinguished professor emeritus, will moderate the discussion.
Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, Hawthorne Mayor Matt Surrency and Supervisor Barton at the Annual Hawthorne Homecoming.
We created digital images for the University of Florida and Santa Fe College to put on campus screens to help get the word out about the upcoming elections! 

Want one for your business or organization? Send the ideal size to and we will get one to you.
Deputy Secretary of State Wes Underwood, Florida Division of Elections Director Maria Matthews and Florida Division of Elections Bureau of Voting Systems Certification Linda Hastings-Ard visited our office last month to discuss the upcoming elections, including efforts to improve elections security.
We're hosting a final poll worker orientation before the 2018 Primary Election. It will take place at 9 a.m. on July 11 at our office. The orientation is for people interested in working the upcoming elections. Those who have worked in the past do not need to attend.

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