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July 02, 2020   941.861.8606
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Ballots for August 18 primary scheduled for mailing

~ Military & overseas ballots in the mail today ~

SARASOTA, FL - Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner will begin sending vote-by-mail ballots for the August 18 primary election today to overseas civilians and active duty military personnel and their spouses and dependents, who are absent from Sarasota County.

Turner said 1,845 ballots will go out to military and overseas voters today. The initial mailing of ballots to stateside voters is scheduled for July 9. Following the initial mailing, requests for vote-by-mail ballots will be processed and ballots mailed daily.

A voter may submit a vote-by-mail request online at or by calling 941.861.8618.

Requests for ballots to be mailed within the United States must be received by the elections office no later than 5 p.m. on the 10th day before the election (August 8) 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. Turner urges voters to return their ballots promptly to avoid postal service delays.

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.

Finally, Turner reminds voters that the signature on the vote-by-mail ballot certificate will be compared to the voter’s signature on file in the elections office for verification purposes. 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 voted ballot is received in the elections office will be the signature used to verify the voter’s eligibility.

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