Tallahassee- Former Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Pat Hollarn was appointed today as one of nine members of the Florida Elections Commission. The Commission enforces Florida’s election laws, investigates and adjudicates complaints and oversees the elections process for national, state and local races.
Hollarn was nominated by Senate President Don Gaetz, who chooses two of the nine commissioners. The nomination was officially confirmed this afternoon by Governor Rick Scott, who Gaetz praised for recognizing Hollarn’s skills and commitment to integrity.
“Pat Hollarn is recognized throughout the United States as one of the country’s most knowledgeable, most competent experts on election laws and election procedures,” President Gaetz said. “We here in Okaloosa County know her as a highly respected leader of unquestioned integrity. Commissioner Hollarn won’t ever back down in her insistence on honesty, fairness and quality and that’s exactly what Florida elections need.”
Hollarn was the elected supervisor of elections in Okaloosa County for twenty years. She became nationally known for her successful Operation Bravo efforts to ensure that deployed military could easily vote and be assured of having their votes counted. Her Kids Vote and Kids Vote, Too programs instructed tens of thousands of Okaloosa children in the importance and practice of voting.
Her appointment as the Senate President's nominee will last for four years.