Civil Rights

Recent Voter Fraud Arrests Threaten to Keep People Away From the Polls

Critics say the arrest of 20 former felons for voting could have a chilling effect on Florida voter turnout this year.

11/01/2022 By Isaac Eger

On the ballot

Local Officials Want to Make It Harder for Citizens to Change the County Charter

To draw attention to the issue, County Commission candidate Mike Cosentino wore a red, white and blue cowboy hat, a muscle-padded suit and a red cape to a public hearing on the topic.

07/13/2022 By Isaac Eger

It's That Time Again

Poll Workers Are Needed for Election Season

Deputies and inspectors will be paid $175-$300 for both the Aug. 23 and Nov. 8 elections.

06/27/2022 By Staff


Sen. Shervin Jones Launches 'Operation Blackout' in Sarasota Today

Sen. Shevrin Jones will be in Sarasota to promote the program on Friday, Feb. 11.

02/11/2022 By Staff

If at First You Don't Succeed

The Sarasota County Commission Wants a Do-Over on Single-Member Districts

On Tuesday, March 8, voters will again decide whether Sarasota County Commissioners should be elected by the residents of their district or by the county as a whole.

02/08/2022 By Elizabeth Djinis


Vote-by-Mail Available to All Sarasota County Voters for March Election

Voted ballots may be returned by mail or in person but must be received in the elections office by 7 p.m. on election night to be counted.

02/01/2022 By Staff


Voter Registration Deadline Approaching for March 8 Referendums

New voters must apply by Monday, Feb. 7, at 11:59 p.m.

01/24/2022 By Staff


Early Voting Set for Nov. 2 City of Venice General Election

Early voting will run Monday, Oct. 25, and continue through Saturday, Oct. 30.

10/14/2021 By Staff


Reminder: Check Your Polling Place Before You Vote Tomorrow

Due to the impact of Covid-19 on poll worker staffing and polling place availability, some polling places have been combined or relocated.

11/02/2020 By Staff


City of Sarasota Administrative Offices to Close for Election Day

Residential garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup and commercial garbage collection schedules will be unaffected.



What To Know Before You Vote Next Tuesday

A checklist from the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections.

10/28/2020 By Staff


Reminder: Early Voting for Nov. 3 Election Ends Nov. 1

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is urging voters to cast ballots early, if possible.

10/27/2020 By Staff


Supervisor of Elections Announces Temporary Polling Place Changes for Nov. 3 General Election

Be sure to double-check your precinct info before you head out next Tuesday.

10/26/2020 By Staff


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

Breaking News

After Widespread Issues, Florida Supervisor of Elections Extends Voter Registration Deadline

Voter registration applications may still be submitted online and in-person through 7 p.m. today. Applications postmarked with today's date will also be counted.

10/06/2020 By Staff


General Election Ballots in the Mail to Domestic Voters

The Sarasota County elections office sent 132,796 vote-by-mail ballots on Sept. 24; another 7,600 will go out Sept. 25.

09/24/2020 By Staff


General Election Ballots Sent to Military and Overseas Voters

Another 132,796 ballots are scheduled for mailing to domestic voters beginning Sept. 24.

09/18/2020 By Staff


Reflections From a First-Time Voter

Teenager Ximena Chafloque cast her ballot and urges other young women to do the same.

08/18/2020 By Susan Burns

The Future Was Female

A Timeline of Notable Events Leading to the Passage of the 19th Amendment

Plus, a list of books and films to read and watch. Consider this your suffragist primer.

08/18/2020 By Staff

Milestone Moment

Florida Studio Theatre Celebrates Women's Suffrage Centennial Aug. 20

A special online event will wrap up the communitywide Suffragist Project.

08/18/2020 By Kay Kipling