Official Election Mail
Did you receive Official Election Mail OR political mail?
Voter registration information is a public record. Third-party groups and political organizations use this information to send targeted mail pieces to members of political parties, and this activity is more common during election years.
Be sure to look for the Official Election Mail logo located on our mail pieces. The Elections Office is a nonpartisan administrative agency and the Supervisor of Elections is responsible to conduct fair, accurate, and secure elections. We do not send political mail. The vast majority of our mailings will have the "Official Election Mail" logo, as designated by the United States Postal Service. We also send required notices by mail which will be printed on the Elections Office letterhead and contained within a security envelope with our return mailing address. Mailings from the Elections Office are easy to identify.
What is Election Mail?
The USPS defines Election Mail as, "...any item mailed to or from authorized election officials that enables citizens to participate in the voting process — including ballots, voter registration cards, absentee voting applications and polling place notifications. Election Mail should not be confused with Political Mail, which is any material mailed for campaign purposes by a registered political candidate, campaign committee or committee of a political party, as well as any material mailed by a political action committee or organization engaging in issues advocacy or voter mobilization."
The logo looks like this:
What is Political Mail?
Voters receive many different types of political mail. Most of these mailings occur during an election year and the activity increases as Election Day gets closer. Federal, state, and local candidates send direct mail pieces to voters registered with a political party of their choice, based upon the audience they wish to influence. Political mail can also come from political parties or political committees, which are also known as "PACs." These political mailings are easy to identify because many of them are oversized postcards with large photos of the candidate. All of these political mailings are required to have a disclaimer that identifies the group or candidate who paid for the advertisement. Political advertising disclaimers differ between Federal and state or local candidates.
This is an example of a political mailing by a candidate:
Political committees or PACs often send political mail for or against a candidate. Negative advertisements have been around for a very long time and unfortunately have become more common in recent years. Negative campaign ads do not encourage people to vote for a candidate based upon their qualifications for office, but instead, they encourage people to vote against a candidate by criticizing them. Local candidates in Flagler County are offered an opportunity to sign a Statement of Ethical Campaign Practices because Supervisor Lenhart believes that positive campaigning helps promote civility and encourages citizen participation in the electoral process. If you receive a political mailing and want to research the political committee, you can look up the name of the organization listed in the disclaimer in this state database.
The Elections Office has no authority to investigate or review political advertisements. Candidates and political committees in Florida are required to follow the campaign finance laws in Chapter 106, Florida Statutes. If you feel a political advertisement is in violation of the law, you may file a complaint with the Florida Elections Commission.
What is Voter Registration Mail?
Many third-party organizations send mailings that encourage people to register to vote. The Voter Participation Center and Center for Voter Information are two of these organizations. These mailings do not come from the Elections Office and we cannot prevent them from sending mail to you.
Voter Participation Center Mailing:
Look for the return address on the mailing envelope to identify the organization.
Center for Voter Information Mailing:
Look for the disclaimer at the bottom to identify the organization.
This type of mailing will include a Voter Registration Application pre-filled with the name and address of someone the organization believes to reside at your address. The lists they use to send these mailings do not always have accurate or up-to-date information. The Elections Office does not provide information to these organizations for them to use in their mailings. Call the phone number listed on the mailing if you wish to speak with someone who can answer your questions or concerns about the information you receive on the application form.
Pre-Filled Application Form:
If you wish to learn more about these organizations, search for them using the Federal tax exempt organization search tool.
Help! I received something else.
This postcard is an example of "other political mail" which was received by Flagler County voters in April 2022. These mailings do not come from the Elections Office. We don’t send hand-written mailings of any type. It is confusing to voters because it lists our email address and phone number. It also does not have a political advertising disclaimer. Voters are concerned that mailings are coming from out of state. This postcard was mailed from Lehigh Valley, PA. The front of the postcard lists a web address: PostcardsToVoters.org which is the origin of this mailing.
If you receive any political mail without the required disclaimer, or have other concerns, please contact us!