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 EARLY VOTING INFORMATION

Early Voting starts on Monday, October 19 and runs through Sunday, November 1st, 

8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily.  


Vote-by-mail drop boxes will be available inside all early voting sites during early voting. In addition the Supervisor of Elections offices will have Drive Thru Drop Off set up at the following locations:


Drive Thru & Drop Off Ballot Locations

(Oct. 19 – Nov. 3, Election Day; 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily)

Vote-by-mail drive thru, drop off is available from Monday, October 19 - Tuesday, November 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 pm daily at all three supervisor of elections offices listed below.


Supervisor of Elections Drive Thru Locations:

Terrace Building, 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota, 34237

RL Anderson Building, 4000 Tamiami Trail S., Venice 34293

Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port 34287


Drop Boxes will be available at these EARLY VOTING sites:

Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 34238

North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota 34234

Fruitville Library, 100 Apex Rd., Sarasota 34240

Shannon Staub Library, 4675 Career Lane, North Port 34289

Bee Ridge Park, 4430 S Lockwood Ridge Rd, Sarasota, 34231

PRIOR TO EARLY VOTING - You may return your vote-by-mail ballot in person to a secure drop box located inside all supervisor of elections offices during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. on election. day (Nov. 3).

ELECTION PROTECTION PHONE NUMBERS

Meet the Candidates for Local & State Office in Sarasota County

Sarasota City Commission - Districts 1 & 2

The Rosemary District Association hosted a candidate forum city commission districts 1 and 2. Candidates Willie Shaw and Kyle Scott Battie were in attendance for district 1. Candidates Liz Alpert Terry Turner were in attendance for district 2.

Sarasota City Commission District 1

Cathy Antunes spoke to City Commission candidate Willie Shaw - the current incumbent.  Challenger Kyle Battie did not respond to repeated requests to participate. 

Sarasota City Commission District 2

Cathy Antunes, host of the Detail on WSLR 96.5 FM, interviewed two candidates for the Sarasota City Commission District 2 race, Liz Alpert and Terry Turner, on Thursday, June 25.

Sarasota City Commission District 3

Cathy Antunes, host of the Detail on WSLR 96.5 FM, interviewed three candidates for the Sarasota City Commission District 3 race, Erik Arroyo, Dan Clermont, and Rob Grant, on Thursday, June 18.  Rob Grant was eliminated in the August Primary.  Dan Clermont and Erik Arroyo will face off in the General Election. 

Sarasota City Commission District 1, 2, & 3

The League of Women Voters hosts a panel with city commission candidates from districts 1, 2, and 3.Candidates Willie Shaw and Kyle Scott Battie were in attendance for district one. Candidates Liz Alpert and Terry Turner were in attendance for district 2. Candidates Daniel Clermont and Erik Arroyo were in attendance for district 3.

Sarasota County Commission District 1

Sarasota County Commission District 5

Sarasota County Hospital Board At Large, Seat 3

WSLR VOTING HOTLINE 
If you have a voting story you'd like to share or if you experience any problems voting, please call the WSLR Elections Hotline and leave a message!

The number is 941-212-5980

IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES


Monday, October 5
Last day to register to vote for the November 3 General Election

Monday, October 19 - Saturday, October 31
Early voting for November 3 General Election
8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily
Locations to be determined


Saturday, October 24
Last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to a voter
5 p.m. deadline


Tuesday, November 3
Election Day - General Election
Polls open 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Vote-by-mail ballots must be returned to the supervisor of elections office by 7 p.m.


Vote411.org, your online voters guide, is LIVE! Try it!

Nonpartisan, personalized primary voting information is here! Vote 411 has the election information you need, including candidate information, what's on YOUR ballot, voter registration and more! 


Here's what to do:

1) Type in this web address: vote411.org/ballot

You'll see "VOTE411 Voter Guide."

2) Enter your address. 

3) Click "Show My Races."

4) Click to choose your party.

5) Click "Go To My Races." Click it again. You're there! - Races Appear.



Ballot Amendments

Patricia Brigham, president of the League of Women Voters of Florida, on Amendment 3

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2020 Candidate Interviews with Citizen Reporter Dan Coughlin

Alice White: Sarasota County Commission, District 5

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Erik Arroyo: Sarasota City Commission, District 3

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Betsy Young: State Attorney, 12th Judicial Circuit

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Vicki Nighswander: Hospital Board Central District Seat 1

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