Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Turner to participate in roundtables conducted by U.S. House Administration Subcommittee on Elections

Sessions set for May 4 and May 5, with part of focus on military voting

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner was invited to  participate this week in a series of roundtables conducted by the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Elections, Turner’s staff announced.

The first roundtable took place on May 4 at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, a news release said. It was to focus on military voting. “As an Army veteran, Turner is an advocate for military members and works to ensure that they and their families have access to voting while serving their country,” the release points out.

The second roundtable, scheduled for Friday, May 5, in Jacksonville, “will highlight disaster preparation and recovery during elections,” the release notes. Turner was asked to participate in this discussion, in part, because of his experience administering the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election following Hurricane Ian, the release explains.

Both roundtables were to be hosted by U.S. Rep. Laurel Lee (R-Florida), chair of the House Administration Subcommittee on Elections, the release says. Prior to her election to the U.S. House, the release adds, Lee was appointed Florida’s secretary of state in 2019; she “has extensive knowledge of the elections process in Florida,” the release notes.

“I am honored to join Rep. Lee and other roundtable attendees to talk about these important topics,” Turner said in the release. “Making sure our military men and women can cast their vote while serving our country is an important priority. Likewise, many of us have learned firsthand that planning and preparation are critical when it comes to natural disasters – especially here in Florida.”

In addition to his role as the county supervisor of elections, Turner is scheduled to become president of the Florida Supervisors of Elections (FSE) at the end of May, the release points out. “In the role of president, Turner will represent all 67 supervisors of elections in Florida, supporting their efforts to conduct fair, honest and accurate elections. Turner will serve as FSE president through May 2024,” the release adds.