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Penelope Townsley

Supervisor of Elections

Penelope Townsley began her career with Miami-Dade County in 1980. She was later appointed as Assistant to the Director for the Department of Business Development (DBD) in 1998, and served as Acting Deputy Director in 2002. In 2003, Ms. Townsley was appointed as Deputy Supervisor of Elections at the Elections Department to restructure the organization and develop guiding principles. She was promoted to Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections in 2006.

Recognizing her desire for a challenge and interest in promoting opportunities for small businesses, Ms. Townsley was appointed as Director of the Department of Small Business Development (SBD) in 2007.

In 2011, Ms. Townsley became Miami-Dade County's first black Supervisor of Elections, overseeing the largest elections operation in the State of Florida. She administers an average of 20 federal, state and local elections annually for the County’s 1.4 million registered voters across its 34 municipalities and unincorporated Miami-Dade County. During countywide elections, she oversees up to 400,000 absentee ballots, up to 30 Early Voting locations and as many as 783 precincts on Election Day.

As Supervisor of Elections, Ms. Townsley manages a staff of 94 full-time, up to 1,500 temporary staff, and more than 8,000 poll worker positions with an annual budget of up to $34 million.

Ms. Townsley holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Barry University and she is a member of the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections (FSASE) and the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT).

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