Ion Sancho is the Supervisor of Elections for Leon County,
Florida. Serving since January 1989, he has been reelected to five
additional terms. One of only three (out of 67) supervisors of
elections in Florida without party affiliation, Mr. Sancho has devoted
special attention to studying voting technologies and increasing citizen
participation in our electoral system. Under his administration
Leon County's voter turnout percentage has consistently ranked among the
highest of Florida's 67 counties, with a record setting 86% turnout in
the November 2008 General Election.
Mr. Sancho was
appointed by the Florida Supreme Court in December of 2000 as the
technical expert to oversee the Florida Recount effort and was
recognized by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners for
providing "statistically the cleanest county elections in the state"
during that infamous election. In 2005, Mr. Sancho sanctioned the
first tests of voting machines by voting integrity experts, independent
of the vendors. His action were captured in the 2007 Emmy
nominated film, "Hacking Democracy."
Ion Sancho was the
first Florida election official to attain national certification in 1996
(Certified Elections Registration Official, the Election Center). He
is regularly interviewed by national and local media and has presented
testimony before the United States Congress, the United States Election
Assistance Committee, and the United States Civil Rights Commission.
In 1998, he co-authored the first national Principles and Standards of
Conduct of Elections/Registrations Officials. In 2008, the Leon County
Supervisor of Elections Office received the National Freedom Award for
outstanding innovations in the field of elections.
Mr. Sancho's credentials include: J.D. Florida State University Law
School, 1987: B.A. Social Science, Stetson University, 1978; A.A.
Valencia Community College, 1973; State Certified Supervisor Of
Elections; Nationally certified by the Elections Center as a Certified
Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA); Former staff member,
Florida House of Representatives, Corrections, Probation & Parole
Committee; Center for Policy Alternatives, Voter Participation Advisory
Board; Member, The Elections Center; Past Member, Big Bend Saltwater