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Sarasota Elections & Voting

Election Date

A General Election is held in November of every even-numbered year. Primary elections, which precede each November General Election, are normally scheduled during September and October. Additionally a Presidential Preference Primary is scheduled in March of Presidential election years. Special countywide elections may be called at any time during the year. Announcements of special elections will be made through the media.

Voter Registration Book-Closing Dates

To vote in an election, you must be registered in the county where you live by the book-closing date, which is normally the 29th day before each election. You may apply for voter registration by submitting a Florida Voter Registration Application form to the Supervisor of Elections. These forms are available at libraries, post offices, banks and many government offices. Or, register online.

Party Affiliation

Florida is a "closed primary" state. If you wish to be eligible to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary elections, you must be registered with that political party. Voters registered with a minor political party or without party affiliation may not vote for partisan candidates in primary elections; they may vote for issues and nonpartisan candidates. Party changes must be made by the end of the 29th day before the First Primary. Party changes requested after the books close for the First Primary do not become effective until after the Second Primary.

Residence Address

If you move within Sarasota County after you have registered to vote, please notify the Supervisor of Elections as soon as possible. If you move to another Florida county and wish to be eligible to vote, you must register to vote in that county before the books close.

Voter Registration Changes

Changes to your voter registration record must be signed and submitted in writing. You may write the change on the reverse side of your Voter ID card, send a letter, or complete a Florida Voter Registration Application form and submit it to the Elections Office.

Absentee Ballots

If you will be unable to go to the polls on election day and wish to vote by absentee ballot, you may write or call the office of the Supervisor of Elections. You may request absentee ballots for all elections which are held in a calendar year. If you write, please include your name, Sarasota County residence address, date of birth, the elections for which you wish to receive absentee ballots, and a mailing address. Absentee ballots are mailed about four weeks before each election.

Poll Workers

Poll workers are needed for every election. If you would like to become a Poll Worker at one of our many precincts, please call the Poll Worker Coordinator at 941-861-8640 to set up an appointment. Applicants must:

  • Be registered to vote in Sarasota County
  • Complete an application and interview
  • Attend a scheduled training class
  • Be able to work 14 hours on election days

Poll workers are paid for working on election day.

Office Locations
Telephone Numbers

North County
101 S. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota
941-861-8600

South County
4000 S. Tamiami Trl
Venice
941-861-3760

Biscayne Plaza
13640 Tamiami Trail
North Port
941-423-9540

Mailing Address

Kathy Dent
Supervisor of Elections
P.O. Box 4194
Sarasota, FL 34230-4194

Sarasota Democratic Party - www.sarasotadems.org

Sarasota Republican Party - www.rpos.org

Libertarian Party of Sarasota - sarasotalibertarians.org

   
 
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