Voters should return vote-by-mail ballots promptly, supervisor of elections says, to avoid mail delays

Deadline is 7 p.m. on election night

The Supervisor of Elections Office in downtown Sarasota is in the Terrace Building. Image courtesy Tax Collector’s Office

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is reminding citizens who plan to vote by mail in the Aug. 28 Primary Election to mark and return their ballots as early as possible to avoid mail delays.

Ballots may be returned by mail or in person, a news release points out, but they must reach one of the following three elections offices by 7 p.m. on election night:

  • Sarasota County Terrace Building, located at 2001 Adams Lane in downtown Sarasota.
  • R.L. Anderson Administration Building, located at 4000 Tamiami Trail S. in Venice.
  • Biscayne Plaza, located at 13640 Tamiami Trail in North Port.

Turner also pointed out in the release that “ballots may not be left at a precinct on election day.”

Additionally, Turner is urging voters to read and follow the instructions included with vote-by-mail ballots to ensure their ballots are counted. A voter should complete and sign the ballot certificate envelope, the news release says, “and the voter’s signature should match the signature on record.”

Voters may track their vote-by-mail ballots at from the time their requests are processed until the voted ballots are received by the elections office, the release explains. Just click on the “Vote by Mail” icon on the website’s homepage, select “Track your Vote-by-Mail Ballot,” “and follow the easy instructions,” the release says.

For more information, voters may contact the supervisor of elections office at 861-8600 or visit