SERVICES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The supervisor of elections administers all federal, state, county, municipal and special district elections in Sarasota County in accordance with the Florida Election Code, the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the National Voting Rights Act (NVRA), the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and federal voting rights laws.

Apart from general administration and office functions, the services offered by the elections office include: 

 

Voter Services

  • Processing all registration applications from qualified Florida residents
  • Issuing voter information cards
  • Maintaining accurate voter registration statistics
  • Performing periodic list maintenance to ensure accurate and current voter registration records
  • Providing training for individuals or organizations conducting voter registration
  • Maintaining precinct street index to ensure residential addresses are assigned to correct precinct and voting group
  • Updating street index, as necessary, with zip code and address changes based on information received from post office, planning board, and city and county commissions
  • Adding to index new streets, created by growth, and assigning them to precincts and voting groups 

Elections

  • Maintaining and safeguarding county voting equipment
  • Testing voting equipment and programs and ballot tabulation equipment prior to each election
  • Designing, printing and proofing ballots pursuant to Florida election law
  • Processing requests for and mailing vote-by-mail (absentee) ballots and related elections materials to absentee voters, including military and overseas voters
  • Receiving and tallying vote-by-mail ballots
  • Verifying signatures on vote-by-mail ballots
  • Verifying signatures on initiative petitions and certifying results to state (Division Of Elections)
  • Working with the county and municipalities on reapportionment, redistricting and drawing precinct boundaries
  • Identifying and contracting with convenient and accessible polling places
  • Working with disability organizations to ensure all polling locations comply with ADA accessibility guidelines
  • Assisting below-standard polling places to be made accessible
  • Conducting early voting at designated sites
  • Conducting supervised vote-by-mail voting for assisted living facilities or nursing homes upon request
  • Publishing in general circulation newspaper required legal notices and documents, including sample ballots
  • Posting required notices in all polling places on election day, including instructions on how to cast a ballot
  • Delivering, setting up and retrieving voting equipment at each polling location
  • Providing laptops, registration books and all supplies and signage to each polling location on election day
  • Approving poll watchers and providing lists of designated poll watchers to polling places
  • Counting, canvassing and certifying election returns
  • Notifying voters who cast provisional ballots if their ballots are rejected and the reason for rejection
  • Recruiting and training poll workers in election law and procedures prior to each election
  • Working with disability organizations to train poll workers on etiquette and sensitivity with respect to voters with disabilities
  • Publishing uniform polling place procedures manual, which is provided to every worker and every polling place
  • Processing poll worker payroll records through the county

Candidates/Committees/Parties

  • Providing prospective candidates with general information and guidance
  • Filing and qualifying candidates for nomination or election to county, district and special district offices
  • Verifying and certifying petition signatures for candidates who qualify by the petition process
  • Collecting candidate qualifying fees and remitting to appropriate agency
  • Providing support to municipalities, districts and special districts in conduct of their elections
  • Receiving and reviewing for completion campaign finance reports and financial disclosure statements
  • Monitoring campaign reports and assessing fines when necessary
  • Providing filing forms and guidance to political parties and committees and receiving and reviewing for completion financial reports from parties and committees
  • Receiving annual Form 1 Financial Disclosures from certain officers and employees of local government and reporting to the state

Voter Education

  • Conducting nonpartisan education programs to ensure voters have knowledge of voting equipment and election procedures
  • Providing speakers and information on election processes, upon request, to schools, organizations and clubs
  • Conducting voter education/registration programs annually in each public high school and on each college campus in the county
  • Publishing various informational brochures and voter guides to keep the public informed about election news and law
  • Maintaining a website to provide candidates, voters and general public with important information and news
  • Issuing media releases and public service announcements to inform the public of election news 
  • Responding to individual queries from the public in person and/or via letter, phone and email
  • Working with the special needs community to ensure accessible voting and to improve participation in the electoral process
  • Creating and making available legislative, district, county, and precinct maps
  • Reporting to the state each general election year a detailed description of county voter education programs 
  • Working with local community businesses and organizations to recruit skilled poll workers
  • Providing written translation of elections materials in language of minority groups (specified in the Voting Rights Act of 1965)
  • Receiving and responding to public records requests 

 

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.