Records from the Collier County Regarding Voter Roll Maintenance Guidance

Records from the Collier County Supervisor of Elections Office in Florida showing communications from the state director of elections, Maria Matthews, regarding voter roll maintenance.


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Page 1: The documents include a “Certification of Address List Maintenance Activities” signed by Jennifer Edwards, the supervisor of elections for Collier County, Florida, for actions taken between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. The certification, signed Jan. 19, 2018, says that 4,299 registered voter records were placed on “inactive status.” 

Page 2: A “Certification of Eligibility Records Maintenance,” also signed by Edwards on Jan. 19, lists the number of actions taken by the Collier County supervisor of elections related to voter ineligibility. According to the document, 171 voters were removed from the registration rolls for being a “Convicted felon with no civil rights restored/no clemency,” 17 for being “Mentally incapacitated without voting rights restored,” and one individual for not having U.S. citizenship status. The document also shows that no hearings were held for the five voters who responded to a mailed notice of potential ineligibility.

Page 3: On Jan. 9, 2018, Maria Matthews, director of Florida’s Division of Elections, sent a notice to the supervisors of elections’ email list to remind them of due dates for the certifications of address and eligibility records maintenance. 

Page 5: Matthews emailed all Florida supervisors on Feb. 11, 2019, to announce that the Division of Elections was recalling any previously sent files or lists of individuals with a felony for “re-examination.” This recall was in light of 2018’s Amendment 4, the Voting Rights Restoration for Felons Initiative, which restored voting rights to people who have been convicted of a felony after they meet certain requirements. (In 2019, the Florida legislature passed SB 7066, which requires felons to pay off all financial obligations before being eligible to vote.)

“[W]e will be recalling this week for re-examination the potential felony match files that the Division previously sent you prior to the passage of Amendment 4 and that are still reflected as pending (PEN) at the county level. […] By reexamining these files under the scope of Amendment 4, we can ensure that registered eligible voters are not incorrectly removed from the rolls. To complete the task on our end, please invalidate all PEN felony matches you received from the Division of Elections that you would like us to pull back and reexamine under the scope of Amendment 4.”

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