Sarasota County, FL - Board of Elections

Filing & Qualifying for Office

If you are interested in becoming a candidate for office in Sarasota County or have questions about the information listed below, please contact the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections office at (941) 861-8606.

NOTE: Due to the Coronavirus emergency, the Division of Elections has implemented two new Florida Administrative Code Rules with respect to the candidate qualifying and candidate petition processes, as follows:

Emergency Rule 1SER20-1: Removes the requirement that qualifying records be “original(s) and signatures thereon…be made in ink” so that these items can be collected,notarized,and submitted with limited person-to-person contact, and provides for qualifying documents to be submitted via email to

Emergency Rule 1SER20-2: Removes the requirement that a voter’s signature on a candidate petition be an “original, ink signature” so that signed petitions can be collected without person-to-person contact.

Offices up for Election

Click here for a list of offices and when they are up for election.

Qualifying Office Contacts

Federal, State, Multi-County Candidates: Florida Division of Elections

County Candidates: Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections (941) 861-8606.

Municipal Candidates: Municipal Clerk

2020 Qualifying Dates

U.S. Representative, Judicial, State Attorney and
Public Defender: Noon, April 20 - Noon April 24, 2020

State Senator, State Representative, County Offices and
Special Districts: Noon, June 8 - Noon, June 12, 2020

Official Email and Physical Addresses for County & Special District Candidate Qualifying

Email Address:
Physical Addresses:

Supervisor of Elections Offices

Terrace Building, 7th Floor
101 S. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236

Robert L. Anderson Administration Building
4000 Tamiami Trail S., Rm 114
Venice, FL 34293

Biscayne Plaza
13640 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287