Planning for the August 23 Primary Election
It has been a busy time at the elections office. Candidate qualifying ended at noon on Friday, June 17, and ever since our staff have been busy creating and proofing the ballot for the August 23 Primary Election.
With the June 24 certification of federal and state candidates by the Department of State, we can now finalize the more than 300 precinct-specific ballot styles, including Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan ballots that reflect the 99 precincts in Sarasota County. As a reminder, your residential address determines what races you will see on your ballot.
On July 25, we will mail sample ballots to all registered voters who do not have a vote-by-mail request on file with our office.
There will be something for every voter on the August 23 primary ballot, including races for nonpartisan offices such as school board seats, and universal primary contests for State Senate District 22 and several Hospital Board seats, which are open to all registered voters, regardless of political party affiliation, and City of Sarasota At-Large commissioners for city voters. I encourage all voters to be aware of these races, research candidate positions and then make a plan to vote.
If you are not registered to vote, the deadline to do so to be eligible for the August 23 Primary Election is Monday, July 25. Registering is quick and easy. Visit the Register to Vote link on our website to get started.
As always, elections staff are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., to answer any questions you may have about the August 23 Primary Election.
Call or visit us at any of the three elections offices listed here:
(Open 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. daily, Monday-Friday)
101 S. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: (941) 861-8600
Fax: (941) 861-8609
Robert L. Anderson Bldg
4000 Tamiami Trail S.
Venice, FL 34293
Phone: (941) 861-3760
Fax: (941) 861-3770
13640 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
Phone: (941) 423-9540
Fax: (941) 423-9256