Sarasota County, FL - Board of Elections
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September 28, 2020   941.861.8606
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Elections supervisor urges vote-by-mail ballots be returned without delay

 
SARASOTA, FL - Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is reminding voters, who choose to vote by mail in the November 3 presidential election, that voted ballots may be returned by mail or in person, but must be returned in time to reach the elections office by 7 p.m. on election night.

“For anyone returning by mail, I strongly urge them to vote and return their ballots as soon as possible,” Turner said. Florida law allows vote-by-mail ballots to be opened and tabulated up to 22 days prior to Election Day.

If returning by mail, Turner points out that the U.S. Postal Service has recommended that domestic voters mail their completed ballots at least one week prior (by Tuesday, October 27) to the November 3 deadline. He also notes that the postage required to return Sarasota County’s two-page, 17-inch ballot by mail is two Forever stamps or $.70.

For voters who would like to return their ballots in person, Turner said secure vote-by-mail drop boxes are now available inside all three elections offices in Sarasota, North Port, and Venice during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-F; until 6 p.m. on October 5, and from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.

During the early voting period (Monday, Oct 19 - Sunday, Nov 1, 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily) vote-by-mail ballots also may be returned to secure drop boxes inside all early voting locations throughout the county. For a complete list of early voting dates, times and locations, for the November 3 election, visit SarasotaVotes.com .

Finally, Turner urges voters to read carefully and follow the instructions included with vote-by-mail ballots to ensure their ballots are counted. Voters should complete and sign the Voter’s Certificate on the ballot return envelope, and the voter’s signature should match the signature on file in the Florida Voter Registration System.

A voter may track his or her vote-by-mail ballot at SarasotaVotes.com from the time the request for a ballot is processed until the ballot has been returned to the elections office and tabulated. To track a ballot, click on the “Vote by Mail” icon on the home page, select “Track your Vote-by-Mail Ballot,” and follow the easy instructions.

For more information, voters may contact the supervisor of elections office at 941.861.8618.

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