Supervisor of Elections Turner encourages voters to be prepared for lengthy Nov. 8 General Election ballot

Ballot comprises two 17-inch-long pages

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is encouraging voters “to prepare for numerous important contests and questions” on the Nov. 8 General Election ballot.

That ballot comprises two 17-inch-long pages “and will potentially have races or questions on both sides of each ballot page, depending on where a voter lives,” Turner said in a news release. “Becoming familiar with your sample ballot before you go to vote will make your experience faster and easier.”

All voters in Sarasota County will see federal, state and county contests, plus three Florida constitutional amendments and four county questions, the release explains. “In addition, voters in the cities of North Port, Sarasota and Venice will see municipal contests and questions on their ballots.”

Voters may access their sample ballots at, and a sample ballot was mailed to every voter who did not request a vote-by-mail ballot, the release points out. “Voters may mark their choices on the sample ballot and take it into the voting booth to use as a reference guide when voting early or on Election Day,” the release notes.

“In addition, Turner encourages voters who plan to vote in person during this election to consider voting early,” the release continues.

“With expected high turnout for the Nov. 8 General Election and a long ballot, I strongly urge voters to take advantage of the 14 days of early voting and avoid potentially long lines at polling locations on Election Day,” Turner said in the release.

Any registered voter may choose to vote early in person through Sunday, Nov. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily at any one of nine locations.

For more information or assistance, voters may call the elections office at 941-861-8619 or visit