Mark Earley was elected as the Supervisor of Elections for Leon County on November 8, 2016 and formally took office on January 3, 2017, continuing a long career of service to the citizens of Leon County.
Within a year of his election, Mark was selected to serve on the executive leadership committee of the Florida Supervisors of Elections association. In May of 2020 he will assume the role of Vice President for the association. He also chairs several of the association's committees, including the CyberSecurity committee, working closely with state and federal partners to secure our elections infrastructure against outside interference.
Mark began his elections career in the fall of 1986 and played an integral role in the adoption of Leon County’s first optical scan paper ballot voting system in 1992. That system remained in place for more than twenty years.
During the infamous 2000 election cycle, Mark successfully managed Leon County’s voting operations which were recognized at the time by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners as "statistically the cleanest county elections in the state."
In early 2002, Mark accepted a position with a major election systems vendor as Senior Accounts Manager, where he managed accounts across the nation, managed deployment of voting systems and state certifications, and was a member of several system design teams.
In 2008, Mark returned to Leon County, reprising his role as the Voting Systems Manager for the county. Since returning to Leon County, Mark has managed the deployment of Leon County’s state-of-the-art paper ballot voting system and helped consolidate operations from four warehouses and one administrative location into the new Leon County Election Center.
Mark also played a lead role in the design, testing and deployment of a new post-election audit system. Began here in Tallahassee in 2009, the system uses unique vote visualization technology to bring a new level of transparency and validation to elections. It has since been adopted by jurisdictions across Florida and the United States.
During Florida's 2020 Legislative Session, Mark took the lead role for the Florida Supervisors of Elections in working towards the unanimous passage of bi-partisan legislation to reform Florida's election recount process. This new recount option, which formally takes effect in 2021, builds on the vote visualization technology of the audit system to provide much more efficient, transparent, and secure recounts for Florida.
Mark earned his Mechanical Engineering degree at the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering while working for the county elections office. He holds several professional endorsements including Auburn University's national Certified Elections Registration Administrator certificate and the Master Florida Certified Elections Professional certification.
He was recently married to his lovely bride, Stacey, and is proud to be the father to his two sons, stepfather to Stacey's three sons and daughter, and the son of former Tallahassee City Commissioner Debbie Lightsey.