Voting is a right of all Americans and the way we, as a democracy, determine the direction of our
country. It is the responsibility of every voter to be prepared to vote and to
educate themselves on the issues and candidates. The Sarasota
County Democratic Party is ready to assist voters by providing information on candidates and issues,
giving rides to the polls, and helping obtain absentee ballots. Do not hesitate to contact us
if we can be of assistance or help you with any part of the process.
Sarasota County Voter Information Guide (950kb)
from the Supervisor of Elections office
All voters in Florida can check their voter status here at any time.
You can also check the status of receiving your Vote By Mail ballot, which must be requested every two years.
Register to Vote
- Be a United States citizen
- Be at least 18 years old (17 year olds can pre-register)
- Be a legal resident of Florida
- Be a legal resident of the county
- Not claim the right to vote in another county or state
- Had voting rights restored after (a) being convicted of a felony or (b) adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting
In order to vote, a Florida Voter Registration Application must have been obtained, completed, and filed with the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections (SOE) at least 29 days before the election.
To be able to vote in an upcoming election, you must have registered before the particular election's closing date which is usually
29 days before the election. The exact day can be found on the SOE web site,
www.srqelections.com. Check with the Supervisor of Elections office to verify your status if you are newly registered.
There are two ways to register to vote:
If you complete the voter registration application and do not receive your Voter Information Card within a few weeks, call the Supervisor of Elections office at the phone numbers shown above.
Applications may be obtained and filed at these Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections locations
(office hours and maps):
- North County office: 101 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236
- Venice office: 4000 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, FL 34293
- North Port office: 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287
Download and print The Florida Voter Registration Application ,
or obtain the application at most banks, schools, city halls, libraries, and post offices.
Then complete, sign, and mail the form to the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections (address is on the form). Note the special identification requirements on the form
if you have never voted in Florida.
Please note that the purpose of the Voter Information Card (actually an 8½" x 11" red white and blue page) is to verify your voter registration data; you do not need to
have the card in your possession when voting. The older billfold-sized Voter Identification Cards are no longer used and can be thrown away
as the information on them can be dated.
The The Florida Voter Registration Application may also be used to
make changes/updates to your voter information. This includes changing your party
affiliation, updating your address, updating your signature, and requesting a replacement Voter Information Card. Contact
the Supervisor of Elections office to keep your voter information current.
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