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October 20, 2020   941.861.8606
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Elections supervisor asks voters for help to reduce Election Day stress

~ Please consider choosing early voting or vote-by-mail for November 3 election ~

SARASOTA, FL - Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is strongly encouraging Sarasota County voters to help reduce Election Day crowds and stress by considering early voting or vote-by-mail (absentee) options prior to the November 3 general election.

“Voters do not need to wait until November 3 to vote,” Turner advises. “Early voting and vote-by-mail will go a long way toward helping to reduce wait times and lines that could likely occur on Election Day due to high voter enthusiasm, a lengthy ballot and social distancing practices due to COVID.”

Early voting is available now through November 1, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, at eight locations:

· 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

Turner also appeals to voters who have requested a vote-by-mail ballot for the election: “Please vote and return your ballot as soon as possible to ensure that it reaches the elections office in time to be counted - by 7 p.m. election night.” He noted that 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.

Also, voters may return vote-by-mail ballots to drop boxes inside any early voting site during early voting dates and times (October 19 - November 1; 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily). Voters also may take advantage of the popular, no-contact, vote-by-mail drive-thru, drop-off sites located outside all three county elections offices (Sarasota, Venice or North Port), weather permitting, Monday, October 19 - Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day), 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily.

The deadline to request a vote-by-mail ballot be mailed to a voter is 5 p.m., Saturday, October 24. A voter may go to or call 941.861.8618 to request a ballot.

“Early voting and voting by mail are two safe and convenient options that will not only help to reduce Election Day stress, but also help expand opportunities to vote and accessibility to the ballot box. For these reasons, “I am appealing to all Sarasota County voters who have not yet voted: Please consider voting by mail or early voting options.” Turner said.

Voters may visit or contact the supervisor of elections office at 941.861.8618 for more information.
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