Public may use paper applications or electronic registration
Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is reminding citizens that the last day to register to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 6 General Election will be Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Turner recommends that voters confirm before the Oct. 9 deadline that they are registered to vote and that their voter registration information is current, a news release points out. A voter may check his or her voter eligibility at SarasotaVotes.com. “Just click on ‘Voter Information’ in the main menu and then on ‘Voter Lookup’ and follow the easy instructions,” the release explains.
“New paper voter registration applications must be completed, signed and returned in person to an elections office or postmarked by the October 9 deadline,” the release emphasizes. Applications submitted electronically through RegistertoVoteFlorida.gov— which must be completed no later than 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 9 — alsowill be accepted, the release notes.
Voters who have moved or changed names, and those who need to update their signatures since the last election, also may complete a voter registration application to update their voter records, the release adds.
Signature updates must be received by the elections office no later than 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, the release points out. Address and name changes may be made any time prior to voting, it says.
Applications are available at all three elections offices in the county, which are located in Sarasota, Venice and North Port; at public libraries; military recruitment offices; and public assistance offices. They also may be downloaded at www.SarasotaVotes.com, the release adds.
Further, voter registration applications may be submitted through any driver’s license or tax collector’s office that issues Florida driver licenses or Florida ID cards, the release notes.
For more information or assistance, voters may call the Supervisor of Elections office at 861-8619 or visit the website.