Elections

Supervisor of Elections Recruiting Bilingual Poll Workers

Bilingual poll workers are needed at the polls to ensure that Spanish-speaking voters are able to exercise their rights to vote without any language barriers.

08/08/2019 By Staff

Unity Awards 2019

Demetrius Jifunza Helped 1.6 Million Floridians Win Back Their Right to Vote

Jifunza founded the Sarasota chapter of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the statewide organization behind Amendment 4, a measure created to restore voting rights to most felons after they have completed their sentence.

01/24/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Civil rights

NAACP's Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Takes Place Feb. 2

The event begins at 9 a.m. at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Bradenton.

01/09/2019 By Staff

Civil rights

Floridians Affected By Amendment 4 Begin Registering to Vote

'Today is a new day,' says Demetrius Jifunza, the founder of the Sarasota chapter of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, the group that led the effort to pass Amendment 4.

01/08/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Politics

Elections Supervisor to Accept New Registrations From Those Affected By Amendment 4

Amendment 4, which goes into effect Tuesday, restores voting rights for most individuals with prior felony convictions who have completed their sentences.

01/07/2019 By Staff

Young Blood

An Upswing of Under-30 Voters Puts Our Politics in Uncharted Territory

In November's general election, 13,019 voters under the age of 30 cast a ballot in Sarasota County. That was a more than 200 percent increase from the fewer than 6,000 voters under 30 in the 2014 midterms.

12/26/2018 By Giulia Heyward

Politics

Polls Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday

A reminder to cast your ballot in this year's midterm elections.

11/05/2018 By Staff

Politics

Early Voting in Manatee County Starts Wednesday

Voters can cast a ballot from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily between Wednesday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 3, at five different locations.

10/22/2018 By Staff

Politics

Early Voting in Sarasota County Begins Monday

Voters can cast a ballot between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily from Monday, Oct. 22, to Saturday, Nov. 3, at six locations around the county.

10/18/2018 By Staff

Politics

Ride-Share Companies Offering Free Or Discounted Trips to the Polls on Election Day

Both Uber and Lyft are offering free or discounted rides to the polls on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

10/15/2018 By Staff

Politics

Forum for State Legislature Candidates Set for Oct. 18

The next Sarasota Tiger Bay Club luncheon will feature Tracy Pratt, Will Robinson, James Buchanan and Tony Mowry.

10/05/2018 By Staff

Politics

Forum Focuses on 'Single Member Districts' for Sarasota County Commission

The proposal would allow voters to only vote in the County Commission election in their district, rather than having county commissioners elected in a county-wide vote.

10/04/2018 By Staff

Politics

Deadline to Register to Vote Is Oct. 9

To vote in this November's general elections, you must complete a registration form before that date, if you have not registered before.

09/28/2018 By Staff

Politics

Vote-By-Mail Ballots Start Going Out

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner's office began sending out vote-by-mail ballots for the Nov. 6 general election last week.

09/24/2018 By Staff

Politics

Panel to Discuss November Ballot Initiatives

Participants will discuss the possible extension of the Legacy Trail, whether to allow most felons who have served their time to vote and more.

08/20/2018 By Staff

Politics

Proposed Change to Sarasota County Commission to Be Debated Aug. 16

The next Sarasota Tiger Bay Club luncheon will feature a discussion of the proposal to create "single member districts" for the Sarasota County Commission.

08/06/2018 By Staff

Politics

Deadline to Register to Vote in Primaries Is Monday

All new voter registration applications or party changes must be signed and returned in person or postmarked by Monday, July 30.

07/27/2018 By Staff

Politics

Primary Vote-By-Mail Ballots Start Going Out

Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner's office began mailing vote-by-mail ballots for next month's primary elections on Friday.

07/13/2018 By Staff

Politics

Voters to Decide Whether to Move City Elections to the Fall

City of Sarasota voters will choose this November whether to move City Commission elections to coincide with federal, state, county and district elections.

05/21/2018 By Staff

Data

Study Says Allowing Felons to Vote Would Boost Florida's Economy

Allowing felons who have served their sentences to vote in Florida elections would generate $365 million in economic impact, according to a new study.

05/17/2018 By Staff