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March 12, 2020   941.861.8606
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March 17 presidential preference primary: A guide to what, when and how

SARASOTA, FL - Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is offering the following information to help Sarasota County voters experience a smooth election day on March 17, which includes the presidential preference primary, Holiday Park Park and Recreation District election, and Town of Longboat Key bond referendum.

· Remember that Florida is a closed primary state. This means that only registered Democrats and Republicans will be eligible to vote in their parties’ respective presidential preference primaries.

· Voters who reside in Precinct 201 (Longboat Key) or Precinct 341 (Holiday Park) and are registered with minor party or no party affiliation will be allowed to vote only on a bond referendum in the case of Longboat Key, and a nonpartisan contest for Board of Trustees Seat 3 in Holiday Park.

· Sample ballots have been mailed to all eligible voters who did not request a vote-by-mail ballot for the March 17 election. Voters may also view or download their sample ballots at .

· Vote early through Saturday, March 14, 8:30am - 4:30pm daily, at any of the three elections offices in Sarasota, North Port or Venice, or at the Sarasota Square Mall or North Sarasota Library. Find more information on our website.

· On election day, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You must vote in your assigned precinct. Polling place information may be found on your sample ballot, on your Voter Information Card, and on our website. You may also call the elections office at 941.861.8619 for assistance.

· Remember to take a valid and current photo and signature ID when you go to your polling place or early voting site. If you do not produce ID, you will be offered a provisional ballot. Valid IDs include a Florida driver license, Florida ID card, U.S. passport, debit or credit card, military ID, student ID, retirement center ID, neighborhood association ID, public assistance ID, veteran health ID, a concealed carry permit or a government employee ID.

· If you are voting by mail, remember to follow the printed instructions, sign the certificate envelope, and return your voted ballot as early as possible to avoid mail delays. Voted ballots may be returned by mail or in person but must reach the elections office by 7 p.m. on election night, to be counted. Additional information is available for overseas voters on our website. Vote-by-mail ballots may also be dropped into secure vote-by-mail ballot drop boxes located inside all elections offices during normal business hours, and early voting sites, 8:30am - 4:30pm daily through Saturday, March 14.

· Whether voting early, or at the polls on election day, mark your ballot according to the printed instructions to ensure your choices are recorded accurately and counted. If you make a mistake, see a poll worker to request a replacement vote-by-mail ballot.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call 941.861.8619 or visit our website. Remember that your vote matters.

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