The County Canvassing Board for the November 6, 2018 General Election is scheduled to meet as follows:


Tuesday, October 16, 9:00 a.m. -- Logic and accuracy testing of a random sample of the tabulating equipment and reporting software to be used for early voting, election day and vote-by-mail ballots.


Monday, October 22, 8:30 a.m. – Initial vote-by-mail ballot canvass.


Wednesday, October 31, 9:00 a.m. – Canvass of vote-by-mail ballots continues.


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


Saturday, November 3, 1:00 p.m. (if needed) – Canvass of vote-by-mail ballots continues.


Sunday, November 4, 1:00 p.m. (if needed) – Canvass of vote-by-mail ballots continues.


Monday, November 5, 9:00 a.m. – Canvass of vote-by-mail ballots continues.


Tuesday, November 6, 3:00 p.m. – Final vote-by-mail ballot canvass. (Preliminary results released at 7 p.m.)


Thursday, November 8, 5:00 p.m. – Provisional ballot canvass and 1st unofficial results.


Friday, November 16, 5:00 p.m. – Canvass of overseas ballots and certification of official results.


Wednesday, November 21, 9:00 a.m. – Manual post-election certification audit.


Following the initial vote-by-mail canvass, ballot opening and processing will continue daily (weekdays) as needed until completed, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, October 22. However, no results will be released until after the polls close on November 6.  


All meetings will take place at the Office of the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, 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), Florida Statutes, notice of change will be posted at


Pursuant to §101.68 4, Florida Statutes, 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 Monday, October 22 will be available for inspection from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on October 22. Thereafter and thru 8 a.m. Tuesday, November 6, unopened ballots will be available for inspection from 8 to 9 a.m. daily, following the day of receipt, excluding weekends. 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 6 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.



Ron Turner

Supervisor of Elections

Sarasota County , Florida

Published October 9, 2018