Understanding the Primary Election

Florida will hold its primary election on Tuesday, August 23, 2022. The primary precedes the November General Election and is the process by which voters registered with a political party nominate their preferred candidates to run for a variety of elected offices, and where all voters, regardless of party affiliation, vote for nonpartisan offices and in universal primary contests (UPCs).

While primaries in Florida are closed, meaning only voters who are affiliated with a political party may vote in that party’s primary, the August primary ballot will have something for every voter. All eligible Sarasota County voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote on nonpartisan contests or issues and on universal primary contests. In August, these will include nonpartisan Sarasota County School Board Districts 1, 4 and 5 races, and five UPCs – one for State Senate District 22 and four for Sarasota County Hospital Board seats. Additionally, voters who reside within the City of Sarasota will be able to vote in their nonpartisan at-large city commission contest.    

For more information on the August 23 Primary Election, view the election guide.

Save the Date

Mark your calendars for these important dates and deadlines in advance of the August 23 Primary Election.

Voter Registration Deadline – The deadline to register to be eligible to participate in a coming election is 29 days before the election. The voter registration deadline for the August 23 Primary Election is Monday, July 25.

Party Changes – Political party change requests may be submitted at any time via a Florida Voter Registration Application but must be returned to an elections office in person or postmarked by the July 25 deadline to be effective for the August 23 Primary Election. 

Sample Ballots – A voter may access his or her personalized sample ballot by selecting the My Voter Status icon near the top of the page and entering the required information. 

Vote-by-Mail – A request for a vote-by-mail (absentee) ballot to be mailed to a voter must be received in the elections office no later than 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 13. Request a vote-by-mail ballot here or call 941.861.8618.

Early Voting – Early voting for the August 23 Primary Election begins Saturday, August 13 and runs through Sunday, August 21, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily. For more information, visit the Early Voting page.

If you have any questions about the August 23 Primary Election or about your voter registration status, click on the My Voter Status link or call 941.861.8600.

Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections, Sarasota County
EMAIL: rturner@sarasotavotes.gov • OFFICE HOURS: M-F, 8:30 AM - 5 PM • MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 4194 Sarasota, FL 34230-4194
Terrace Building
101 S. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236

PHONE: (941) 861-8600
FAX: (941) 861-8609
ESPAÑOL: (833) 912-1316

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

PHONE: (941) 861-3760
FAX: (941) 861-3770
ESPAÑOL: (833) 912-1316

Biscayne Plaza
13640 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287

PHONE: (941) 423-9540
FAX: (941) 423-9256
ESPAÑOL: (833) 912-1316

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