DeSantis Signs Into Law Controversial New Voting Bill

The new law limits the use of ballot drop boxes and restricts vote-by-mail procedures. Republicans say it cracks down on potential fraud; Democrats say it's voter suppression.

05/06/2021 By Staff


Deadline to Request Vote-by-Mail Ballot for North Port, Holiday Park Elections Is Feb. 27

The election will be held on March 9.

02/25/2021 By Staff


Buchanan Re-Elected; Battie, Alpert and Arroyo Win Sarasota City Commission Seats

The three new Sarasota city commissioners-elect will be sworn in on Friday.

11/04/2020 By Staff

Count the Votes

Sarasota's Supervisor of Elections Urges Calm While Waiting for Election Results

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner walks us through how his office will count the historic number of votes being cast this year.

11/02/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Scenes from Sarasota's First Day of Early Voting

From essential workers to retirees to first-time voters, here's who showed up today.

10/19/2020 By Megan McDonald Photography by Barbara Banks


Sarasota County To Vote on Continuance of Tax Exemption Program for Business Incentives

The ad valorem property tax exemption enables businesses to save on the costs incurred from relocating to or expanding an existing operation within Sarasota County.

10/15/2020 By Staff


Early Voting Is Underway in Sarasota-Manatee

Early voting runs through Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. daily.

10/09/2020 By Staff


Sample Ballots for Nov. 3 General Election Are In the Mail

The Nov. 3 ballot is a multi-page, 17-inch long ballot.

10/08/2020 By Staff


Today Is the Last Day to Register to Vote in Nov. 3 Election

The Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections has extended office hours for the Oct. 5 voter registration deadline.

10/05/2020 By Staff

Amendment 2

Should Florida Raise Its Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour?

Workers and labor advocates say people can't live on $8.56 an hour. Opponents say raising the state's minimum wage will hurt small businesses.

10/02/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker


Voter Registration Deadline Nearing for Nov. 3 General Election

Voter applications must be returned by Oct. 5.

09/21/2020 By Staff


Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Announces Temporary Polling Place Changes for Primary Election Day

The changes are due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

08/10/2020 By Staff


Manatee County Announces Precinct Consolidations for Aug. 18 Primary

Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett says the consolidations are necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

08/03/2020 By Staff


Sarasota County Voters Urged to Promptly Return Vote-By-Mail Ballots

The deadline for voters to request ballots be mailed for the Aug. 18 primary is 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

07/31/2020 By Staff


Early Voting Begins Next Week

Early voting in Sarasota County will begin on Saturday, Aug. 8 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 16.

07/30/2020 By Staff


Sample Ballots for August 18 Primary Available Online

The elections office will also be mailing personalized sample ballots to voters who have not requested a vote-by-mail ballot.

07/20/2020 By Staff


Voter Registration/Party Change Deadline Nears For August 18 Primary

The last day to register to be eligible to vote or change party affiliation is July 20.

06/30/2020 By Staff


Poll Workers Needed for 2020 Elections

Workers are needed for both the Aug. 18 primary election and the Nov. 3 general election.

06/23/2020 By Staff


Supervisor of Elections Announces Temporary Office Closures

In the meantime, residents can go to SarasotaVotes.com for services.

03/24/2020 By Staff

Florida Primary

After Serving Her Time in Prison, a Sarasota Woman Goes to the Polls

Betty Riddle voted for the first time in her life at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex this morning.

03/17/2020 By Isaac Eger