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.
Mark began his career in the fall of 1986 as the custodian of Leon County’s fleet of lever voting machines. It was on these machines that citizens first elected his soon-to-be mentor, Ion Sancho, as Supervisor of Elections. Mark was one of two staff members retained when Supervisor Sancho took office in 1989, and soon played an integral role in the adoption of Leon County’s first optical scan paper ballot voting system which remained in place for twenty years.
During the infamous 2000 election cycle, Mark successfully managed Leon County’s voting operations and assisted with planning and conducting the high-pressure statewide Florida recount. That year, the Leon County Board of County Commissioners recognized Supervisor Sancho and his staff for providing "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, managed system certifications, and was a member of several system design teams. His six years working on the vendor side of elections gave him unique insight into the industry that few election officials have.
In 2008, Mark returned to his roots when he accepted the position of Voting Systems Manager for Leon County. He oversaw the acquisition and deployment of Leon County’s current state-of-the-art paper ballot voting system and coordinated consolidation of operations from four warehouse plants to a custom-designed central operations center.
Mark also played a lead role in the design, testing and deployment of a revolutionary post-election audit system which uses technology to bring a level of transparency and accuracy to elections that was previously impossible to achieve. From its start in Leon County, this audit system is being adopted by counties across Florida and the United States.
During his career, Mark earned his Mechanical Engineering degree at the FAMU/FSU College of Engineering, his Certified Elections Registration Administrator certification from the National Association of Elections Officials (the Election Center), and his Florida Certified Elections Professional accreditation from the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections.
Mark is the proud father of two sons, Preston and Braden. He is a member of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, the National Association of Elections Officials, the Election Verification Network, and Capital Tiger Bay.