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October 14, 2020   941.861.8606
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Elections supervisor strongly urges voters to return vote-by-mail ballots soon

SARASOTA, FL - Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is strongly urging voters who choose to vote by mail in the November 3 general election to return voted ballots soon. Vote-by-mail ballots must be received in the elections office by 7 p.m. on election night to be counted.

If returning a ballot by mail, the U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing no later than Tuesday, October 27 to allow time for the ballot to reach the elections office by Election Day. Voters may also return in person now to any of the three elections offices in Sarasota, North Port, or Venice during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 3).

In addition, beginning during early voting dates/times (Monday, October 19 through Sunday, November 1, 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily), vote-by-mail ballots may be dropped into secure vote-by-mail boxes located inside the early voting locations listed here:

· Elections office: Terrace Building, 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota
· Elections office: R.L. Anderson Administration Building, 4000 Tamiami Trail S, Venice
· Elections office: Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port
· North Sarasota Library: 2801 Newtown Boulevard, Sarasota
· Fruitville Library: 100 Apex Road, Sarasota
· Shannon Staub Library: 4675 Career Lane, North Port
· Sarasota Square Mall: 8201 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
· Bee Ridge Park: 4430 S Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

Voters also may take advantage of vote-by-mail drive-thru, drop-off points located outside all three county elections offices, weather permitting, Monday, October 19 - Tuesday, November 3, 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily.

The postage required to return a ballot by mail is two Forever stamps or $.70. Ballots that are returned in person to secure drop boxes in elections offices or early voting sites do not require postage.

Turner also noted that voters still have time to request a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to them for the November 3 general election, but the deadline is Saturday, October 24 at 5 p.m. Requests may be submitted online at or by calling 941.861.8618.

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

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