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January 22, 2020   941.861.8606
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Voter registration deadline nearing for March 17 presidential primary

SARASOTA, FL -The last day for a person to register or to update his/her party affiliation to be eligible to vote in the March 17, 2020 presidential preference primary is Tuesday, February 18, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner has announced.

Turner recommends that voters confirm before the February 18 deadline that they are registered to vote and that their voter registration information is current. A voter may check his or her voter eligibility at . Just click on “Voter Information” in the main menu and then on “Voter Lookup” and follow the easy instructions.

Turner also reminds voters that because Florida is a closed primary state, voters are eligible to vote only for the candidates of their own party in a primary election. Voters who are registered with a minor political party or without party affiliation (NPA) are not allowed to vote a Democratic or Republican primary ballot in the March 17 presidential preference primary. However, these voters may vote in nonpartisan contests and on ballot questions, such as the Holiday Park Park & Recreation District election (Pct 341) or the Longboat Key bond referendum (Pct 201) being held on March 17, also.

New paper voter registration applications and party changes must be completed, signed and returned in person to an elections office or postmarked by the February 18 deadline. Applications submitted electronically before midnight on February 18 through will also be accepted.

Voters who have moved, changed names, or need to update their signatures since the last election may also complete a voter registration application to update their voter records.

Applications are available at all three elections offices in Sarasota, Venice and North Port; at public libraries, military recruitment offices, and public assistance offices, and may be downloaded at . Voter registration applications may also be submitted through any driver license or tax collector’s office that issues Florida driver licenses or Florida ID cards.

For more information or assistance, voters may call the supervisor of elections office at 941.861.8619 or visit the website.