LegalNotice_20161108 - Canvassing Board Notice

Notice of Canvassing Board Schedule - Nov 8, 2016 General Election


The Sarasota County Canvassing Board for the November 8, 2016 General Election is scheduled to meet as follows:


Wednesday, October 19, 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.


Wednesday, October 26, 8:30 a.m. – Initial vote-by-mail canvass.

Wednesday, November 2, 9:00 a.m. – Canvass of vote-by-mail ballots continues.

Friday, November 4, 9:00 a.m. – Canvass of vote-by-mail ballots continues.  

Monday, November 7, 9:00 a.m. – Canvass of vote-by-mail ballots continues.


Tuesday, November 8, 3:00 p.m. – Election Day canvass.

Thursday, November 10, 4:30 p.m. – Provisional ballot canvass and 1st unofficial results.

Friday, November 18, 4:00 p.m. – UOCAVA vote-by-mail canvass, certification of results and selection of race and precinct for manual audit.


Tuesday, November 22, 9:00 a.m. – Manual post-election certification audit.

All meetings will take place at the Office of the Sarasota County 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 at

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 Wednesday, October 26 will be available for inspection from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on October 26. Thereafter and thru 8 a.m. Tuesday, November 8, unopened ballots will be available for inspection from 8 to 9 a.m. daily, following the day of receipt (including Saturday, Oct 29 and Saturday, Nov 5, if necessary).  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 November 8 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