Florida Elections Commission

Credit: 4 credits
Number of Positions: 1

The Florida Elections Commission is the administrative agency charged with ensuring transparency in Florida’s elections by enforcing Chapters 104 and 106 of the Election Code. Students work closely with the Commission’s executive director and attorneys in administrative, regulatory actions. Students review citizen complaints to determine if they present a potential violation of law, work with investigators to gather facts, analyze investigators’ completed reports to determine if probable cause exists, present probable cause recommendations to the Commission, prepare settlement agreements, and participate in cases set for informal and formal hearings. Students may appear before the Commission, which meets four times a year in Tallahassee, and, if available, in hearings before DOAH.

Prerequisites: Students must have satisfactorily completed Evidence. Students must be certified pursuant to the student practice rule.

Recommended Courses: Administrative Law or Florida Administrative Practice; Florida Civil Practice or Civil Pretrial Practice; Trial Practice; Election Law

Selection Process: The student is selected by the faculty supervisor in conjunction with the Executive Direction of the Commission. Selection is based on the student’s overall record, courses, grades, career goals, expected graduation date, other externships taken, and interest in this practice area.

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