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Bobby Beasley
Supervisor of Elections 
2003-Present

Picture of Melissa Beasley

 Melissa Beasley
Supervisor of Elections
1999-2003

Picture of Nellie Thompson

 Nellie Thompson
Supervisor of Elections
1983-1999

 Picture of Rosetta Bailey

 Rosetta Bailey
Supervisor of Elections
1979-1983

 Picture of Odell O. Thompson

 Odell O. Thompson
Supervisor of Elections
1967-1979
Small Claims Court Judge
1967-1973 (abolished in 1973)

In 1963, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bills 548 and 549 PDF FileThis link will direct you to an external website.  making the Walton County Supervisor of Registration an elected position with added duties, serving also as the Small Claims Court Judge. The bills became Laws 63-2029 and 63-852. 

In 1965, the Legislature changed the title of Supervisor of Registration to Supervisor of Elections. The first election for Walton County Supervisor of Elections and Small Claims Court Judge was in 1966 and the term began in 1967.  

Odell O. Thompson served as both a Small Claims Court Judge and as Supervisor of Elections from 1967 until 1973, when the Small Claims Court Judge position was abolished. Odell O. Thompson continued serving solely as Supervisor of Elections beginning in 1973 and through 1979. 

Prior to 1973, the duties of Supervisor of Registration/Elections were sometimes performed by other officials in an ex-officio capacity. There were also periods when the position was vacant.

Picture of M.C. Burke
M.C. Burke
Small Claims Court Judge
Supervisor of Registration (ex-officio)

1959-1967

Picture of Emery Campbell
Emery Campbell
Small Claims Court Judge
Supervisor of Registration (ex-officio)
approx. 1953-59

T.R. Spence
Supervisor of Registration
approx. 1948-1951

In 1945, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 278 (Ch. 22759) establishing that beginning with the 1948 General Election and taking office in 1949, the position of Supervisor of Registration would be an elected position statewide. 

Alton Renfroe
Tax Collector

Supervisor of Registration (ex-officio)
approx. 1945-47 

Lewis F. Cawthon
Tax Collector
Supervisor of Registration (ex-officio)
approx. 1941-1945

W.T. Ray
Tax Collector
Supervisor of Registration (ex-officio)

approx. 1929-1941

1930 Poll Tax Receipt

1931 Poll Tax Receipt

1932 Poll Tax Receipt

1933 Poll Tax Receipt

1934 Poll Tax Receipt

1935 Poll Tax Receipt

Norman Gillis
Supervisor of Registration
approx. 1924-1927

Ella Brannon
Supervisor of Registration
March - July 1924

John F. Grice
Supervisor of Registration
1922-1924

T.R. Spence
Supervisor of Registration
1918-1922

T.M. Trotman
Supervisor of Registration
1914-1918

J.C. Drake
Supervisor of Registration
approx. 1912-1914

R.N. Tarance
Supervisor of Registration
approx. 1911-1912

 
 Howard L. Cawthon
Supervisor of Registration
1908-1910

Dan Trotman
Supervisor of Registration
1906-1908

Norman Gillis
Supervisor of Registration
approx. 1903-1906

A.R. Campbell
Supervisor of Registration
unknown - approx. 1903
 (listed as Supervisor of Registration in the Secretary of State Report in 1895-96 and 1901-02.)

W.L. Cawthon
Supervisor of Registration 
unknown

(listed as Supervisor of Registration in an 1894 DeFuniak Herald newspaper)

The 1887-88 Florida Secretary of State Report states that there were 51
commissioned Supervisors of Registration in the state, but does not
specifically mention Walton County. 

Voter Registration rolls from September 14, 1867 mention a
3-person
Board of Registry in Walton County.  
The 3 people listed are:
D.L. Campbell
J.W. McKinnon
Willis Johnson

Walton County Voter Registration Rolls, 1867-68 This link will direct you to an external website.

Florida's first state-wide election after becoming a state
was held on May 26, 1845. 
The precinct clerks for Walton County were:
D.M. Jones
Duncan C. McCallum
Phillip M. Griffith
Alexander J. Howell
Thos. R. Besher
Richard W. Arman

Walton County Election Returns, 1845 This link will direct you to an external website.

Walton County Voters in 1st Florida Election, 1845 This link will direct you to an external website.

  The following newspaper clipping is an account of an election for delegate to Congress held in the Euchee Valley area of Walton County on May 4th, 1829.

Newspaper Clip about voters in the 1829 Election 
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Historical Election Results & Turnouts

Walton County Election Results & Turnouts


Walton County History

Walton County History This link will direct you to an external website.

DeFuniak Springs Historic District This link will direct you to an external website.


Main Office: map This link will direct you to an external website.  
Walton County Courthouse
571 US Hwy 90 East, Suite 102
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
PHONE: (850) 892-8112 
FAX: (850) 892-8113
EMAIL: info@votewalton.com
HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm                 

Branch Office: map This link will direct you to an external website.
Walton County Courthouse Annex
31 Coastal Centre Blvd, Suite 300
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
PHONE: (850) 622-0744
FAX: (850) 622-1291
HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
 

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