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Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner visits Madison

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Greene Publishing, Inc. Photo By Rick Patrick, October 27, 2016

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner (left) made a visit to Madison to see Madison County Supervisor of Elections Tommy Hardee (right) ahead of this month's general election.

Rick Patrick - Greene Publishing, Inc.

On Thursday, Oct. 27, Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner came to Madison to take a look at the Madison County Supervisor of Elections office ahead of the Tuesday, Nov. 8 general election. While in Madison, Sec. Detzner spoke with workers in the local elections office, as well as voters who came into the office during Sec. Detzner's time in Madison.

“We are very well prepared [here in Florida] to show the nation how well we can run an election,” said Detzner. Detzner said he is expecting voter turnout to be as high as 80 percent throughout the state with some rural areas seeing an even higher voter turnout. Detzner also said that the two greatest areas of emphasis for his office this election season were security and the integrity of the voting machines. Because of this concern, Detzner said voting machines go through extensive testing and inspection in preparation of an election. Detzner is very confident in the security and integrity of Florida's voting machines.

Locally, Detzner is also very confident in the local elections office. “Tommy Hardee is doing a great job,” Detzner said. Detzner was also impressed with the professionalism of the local staff as well as security measures that Hardee has put into place to insure that Madison County has a fair election this month. One significant accomplishment of the Madison County Elections Office was to obtain ISO 9001:2008 quality certification. The Madison County Elections Office was only the second elections office nationwide to obtain this prestigious certification. ISO 9001:2008 is an international standard related to quality management systems. It is applicable to any organization from all types of business sectors and activities.

Early voting is underway in Madison County and will continue through Saturday, Nov. 5. Early voting is taking place at the following locations at the following times:

Madison Board Room Annex

229 SW Pinckney St, Rm 107

Madison

Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Lee City Hall

286 NE County Road 255

Lee

Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Greenville Senior Citizens Building

166 SW Onslow St.

Greenville

Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Pinetta Volunteer Fire Department

509 NE Persimmon Dr.

Pinetta

Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m. - 3p.m.

On Election Day; Tuesday, Nov. 8, voters must vote at their assigned precinct. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Election Day. For more information, voters can go to the Madison County Supervisor of Elections website at www.votemadison.com.

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