VOTER RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

All Florida voters have key rights and responsibilities related to voting as required by law (see below).  For more information about voting in Florida, check out the Florida Division of Elections Voter Guide. You may also find answers to your questions about voting in Sarasota County in our local voter guide


Voter's Bill of Rights

Each registered voter in this state has the right to:

  1. Vote and have his or her vote accurately counted.
  2. Cast a vote if he or she is in line at the official closing of the polls in that county.
  3. Ask for and receive assistance in voting.
  4. Receive up to two replacement ballots if he or she makes a mistake prior to the ballot being cast.
  5. An explanation if his or her registration or identity is in question.
  6. If his or her identity is in question, cast a provisional ballot.
  7. Written instructions to use when voting and, upon request, oral instructions in voting from elections officers.
  8. Vote free from coercion or intimidation by elections officers or any other person.
  9. Vote on a voting system that is in working condition and that will allow votes to be accurately cast.


Voter Responsibilities

Each registered voter in this state should:

  1. Familiarize himself or herself with the candidates and issues.
  2. Maintain with the office of the supervisor of elections a current address.
  3. Know the location of his or her polling place and its hours of operation.
  4. Bring proper identification to the polling station.
  5. Familiarize himself or herself with the operation of the voting equipment in his or her precinct.
  6. Treat precinct workers with courtesy.
  7. Respect the privacy of other voters.
  8. Report any problems or violations of election laws to the supervisor of elections.
  9. Ask questions, if needed.
  10. Make sure that his or her completed ballot is correct before leaving the polling station.


Florida Election Laws & Rules



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
Línea directa en español: 833.912.1316
SARASOTA OFFICE
Terrace Building
101 S. Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34236

PHONE: (941) 861-8600
FAX: (941) 861-8609

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

PHONE: (941) 861-3760
FAX: (941) 861-3770

NORTH PORT OFFICE
Biscayne Plaza
13640 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287

PHONE: (941) 423-9540
FAX: (941) 423-9256

PLEASE NOTE: Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. Florida Statute 668.6076.