The Sarasota County Canvassing Board for the August 30, 2016 Primary, is scheduled to meet as follows:


Wednesday, August 3, 10:30 a.m. – Orientation meeting.


Wednesday, August 17, 9:00 a.m. – Logic and accuracy testing of a random sample of the tabulating equipment and reporting software to be to be fielded during early voting and on election day.


Friday, August 19, 8:30 a.m. – Initial vote-by-mail ballot canvass.  


Friday, August 26, 9:00 a.m. – Canvass of vote-by-mail ballots continues.


Monday, August 29, 12 noon – Canvass of vote-by-mail ballots continues.  


Tuesday, August 30, 5:00 p.m. – Canvass of vote-by-mail ballots (election day) continues.


Thursday, September 1, 4:30 p.m. – Provisional ballot canvass, certification of results, and selection of precinct and race to be audited.


Tuesday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. – Conduct of the manual post-election certification audit.


All meetings will take place at the Office of the Sarasota Country Supervisor of Elections, 1st floor, 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota, Florida, and, in accordance with the Sunshine Law of Florida, are open to the public.


In the event the canvassing board needs additional time to canvass and there is not time to advertise any change in the above schedule, pursuant to §102.141(2), notice of change will be posted on the supervisor of elections website.


Pursuant to §101.68(2) (c) 2, If any elector or candidate present believes that a vote-by-mail ballot is illegal due to a defect apparent on the voter’s certificate, he or she may, at any time before the ballot is removed from the envelope, file with the canvassing board a protest against the canvass of that ballot, specifying the precinct, the ballot, and the reason he or she believes the ballot to be illegal. A challenge based upon a defect in the voter’s certificate may not be accepted after the ballot has been removed from the mailing envelope.


Unopened vote-by-mail ballots received prior to 8 a.m. on Friday, August 19 will be available for inspection from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on August 19. Thereafter and thru 8 a.m. Monday, August 29, unopened ballots will be available for inspection from 8 to 9 a.m. daily (excluding weekends) following the day of receipt.  Vote-by-mail ballots will be opened and processed immediately following each public inspection period. Any elector wishing to inspect unopened vote-by-mail ballots received after 8 a.m. on August 30 must be present throughout the day as those ballots will be opened and processed upon receipt.  


Note:  §286.0105, Florida Statutes, states that if a person decides to appeal any decision by a board, agency, or commission with respect to any matter considered at a meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he or she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.



Kathy Dent

Supervisor of Elections

Sarasota County , Florida

Published July 29, 2016