Sylvia Stephens is a Florida Certified Elections Professional with 30 years of experience. During the years, she served on many committees as a member of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections (FSASE). She was first elected in 1988 and was sworn in as Supervisor of Elections in January 1989. She has attended many workshops and meetings to stay knowledgeable and proficient in the changing world of elections.
Since becoming Supervisor of Elections, she has worked to:
Expand voter education programs throughout the county by taking the Elections Office out into our communities to register voters, raise awareness and encourage voter participation.
Expand participation in Jackson County Schools to provide students with hands-on voting experience. Provide education to the students at the high school and college level about the election process and the importance of voting and offer them the opportunity to register to vote.
Develop a volunteer program which allows high school seniors to serve as student poll workers earning community service hours.
Enhance the Elections Office website to provide more updated information to voters by allowing most services of the Office to be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Reorganize the Office to reflect current technology processes and needs of the voters with three Early Voting Sites and expand opportunities for voters to vote by mail (absentee)Initiate a supervised voting program in nursing home facilities.
Mrs. Stephens is a native Jackson Countian, living her younger years in Grand Ridge. In her pre-teens, she moved to Marianna with her mother and two sisters. She graduated from Marianna High School and attended Chipola Jr. College.
In 1967, Sylvia met and married her husband, Henry, and they had three children together. She has two daughters, one son, a step-son, twelve wonderful grandchildren, and two delightful great-grandchildren.
Prior to being elected Supervisor of Elections, Mrs. Stephens worked alongside of her husband in their family owned business, Stephens Chevron. She has also worked in the Jackson County School System and several years as secretary at Daffin Mercantile Company.