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February 06, 2020   941.861.8606
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Ballots for March 17 primary election scheduled for domestic mail

SARASOTA, FL - Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner will begin mailing vote-by-mail ballots for the March 17 presidential preference primary to stateside voters today, February 6.

A total of 58,983 ballots are scheduled in the initial mailing, followed by daily mailings through Monday, March 9, Turner said. A total of 1,024 ballots have been mailed to overseas civilian and military voters.

A voter may submit a vote-by-mail request online at or by calling 941.861.8618. Requests for ballots to be mailed domestically must be received by the elections office no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election (March 7) to allow sufficient time for the ballot to reach the voter and be returned to the elections office in time to be counted.

Voted ballots may be returned by mail or in person, but must be received by the supervisor of elections no later than 7 p.m. on election day. Voters who return ballots by mail should return them promptly to avoid postal service delays. Beginning with the March 17 primary, voters also may also drop their voted ballots into secure drop boxes, located in all three elections offices, during normal business hours, and in early voting sites during early voting hours (Saturday, March 7-Saturday, March 14, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily).

Except for uniformed services and civilian voters living overseas, a voter, who requests a ballot be mailed to an address other than the address on file in the Florida Voter Registration System, must submit a signed written request to the elections office.

Turner reminds voters that the signature on the vote-by-mail ballot certificate on the return envelope will be compared to the voter’s signature on file in the elections office to verify voter eligibility. Voters may update their signatures by submitting a Florida Voter Registration Application to the supervisor of elections office. The signature on file at the time the elections office receives the voted ballot will be the signature used to verify the voter’s eligibility.