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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 was brought home to the Elections Department as Supervisor of Elections where she oversees 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 1.3 million registered voters across its 34 municipalities and unincorporated Miami-Dade County. During countywide elections, she oversees over 200,000 absentee ballots, 25 Early Voting locations and as many as 812 precincts on Election Day.

As Supervisor of Elections, Ms. Townsley manages a staff of 94 full-time, up to 1,500 seasonal, and over 8,000 poll worker positions with an annual operating budget of $23 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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