Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections, Julie Marcus, has dedicated her career to ensuring equal access to voter registration and ballots and transparency of the electoral process.
Beginning in 1999 while still attending the University of South Florida, then-Supervisor of Elections Dorothy Ruggles, invited Marcus, who was studying Political Science at the University of South Florida, to be a speaker as part of a new initiative to reach high school students. The objective was to educate young people about the electoral process, register them to vote and encourage civic engagement.
Marcus launched her career of public service by working as a Senior Executive Secretary with the Florida House of Representatives. In 2002, Supervisor Deborah Clark appointed Marcus to develop and manage a new Voter Outreach Department. During this time, the “Vote in Honor of a Vet” program was born and received the “Superior Award” from the National Association of County Information Officers.
In 2007, Marcus was appointed Deputy Supervisor of Elections and was selected to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee that was tasked with making a recommendation to the Pinellas Board of County Commissioners on an optical scan voting system. The voting system recommended by the committee is still in use today.
In 2012, Clark appointed Marcus as the Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections. In this role, she oversaw all her previous responsibilities and added new ones that included preparing Canvassing Board meetings, managing personnel, a multimillion-dollar budget and ensuring laws were followed across the entire organization.
Since the 2016, Cybersecurity has been on the forefront of election administration. Marcus has spearheaded rapid changes in this domain from an organizational-wide perspective that considers a cybersecurity framework including technological, physical and human elements.
In 2019, Marcus was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to serve the remaining term of retiring Supervisor Deborah Clark. In 2020, Marcus was elected as Supervisor of Elections and was sworn in on January 5, 2021.
Over her 18-year career with the Supervisor of Elections, Marcus has administered more than 300 municipal elections, 23 countywide elections, conducted 13 machine recounts, 12 manual recounts, 37 post-election manual audits and implemented two new voting systems.
Marcus graduated from the University of South Florida where she was President of the National Political Honor Society.