Sarasota County, FL - Board of Elections
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September 18, 2020   941.861.8606
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General election ballots in the mail today to military & overseas voters

~ Domestic ballots scheduled for September 24 mailing ~

SARASOTA, FL - The Sarasota County elections office will be sending 2,405 vote-by-mail ballots for the November 3 general election today to active duty military personnel and their spouses and dependents, who are absent from Sarasota County, and overseas U.S. citizens, Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner said today. The number includes 1,233 through the U.S. Postal Service and 1,172 via electronic mail.

Another 132,796 ballots are scheduled for mailing to domestic voters beginning September 24. Following these initial mailings, requests for vote-by-mail ballots will be processed and ballots mailed daily, Turner added.

A request for a ballot to be mailed to a voter must be received by the elections office by 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 to allow enough time for the ballot to reach the voter and be returned to the elections office in time to be counted.

Turner urges voters who choose to vote by mail to request and return their ballots promptly.
“Voted ballots must be received in the elections office by 7 p.m. on election night (Nov 3) to be counted,” he said. “You can return your ballot in person or by mail, but please be mindful of the deadlines and request and return promptly. Don’t let anything stand in your way of voting.”

Turner also reminds voters that the signature on the Voter’s Certificate on the vote-by-mail ballot return envelope should match the signature on file. The signature on file at the time the vote-by-mail ballot is received is the one that will be used to verify the signature on the vote-by-mail ballot. Voters may update their signatures by submitting a Florida Voter Registration Application to the elections office.

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