Verify your current address and party affiliation. Use this info in Step 2 to see who you can vote for in the Primary.
Plug in the information from Step 1 and the SOE will generate a sample ballot specific to your information.
If you plan to vote on election day, your normal polling location may have changed.
The changes reflected here are current as of July 10th, but this information is constantly being updated by the Sarasota County SOE due to COVID concerns.
For the most current information, please download their latest document here:
Except in rare instances, it means that you can ONLY vote for candidates who are affiliated with the same party you are affiliated with during the Primary Election.
In other words, if you are a Democrat, you can only vote for Democratic candidates in partisan races. However, any voter can vote for any candidate regardless of party affiliation during the General Election in November.
In the case of School Board, THE PRIMARY ELECTION IS CONSIDERED THE GENERAL ELECTION AND WILL BE YOUR ONLY OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE.
Further, School Board is a NON-partisan race which means anyone can vote for any candidate. Though the School Board race has candidates divided into districts, the election for each district is open to all voters in Sarasota County.
Some races (like School Board, City Commission, and most municipal races) are NON-partisan and anyone, including those who are registered as NPAs, can vote for any candidate so long as they are in that district.
Further, if a race is "partisan", but only one party's candidates will be on the ballot in November, anyone from any party (including NPAs) can vote in that race's primary.
In other words, if there are 3 Democrats running for a seat and no Republicans will be on the ballot in the General Election, then anyone can vote for one of the Democrats during the Primary Election even if they are a Republican or registered as an NPA.
In order to vote for a candidate in a partisan race, you must be a member of that candidate's party during that election. If you are registered as an NPA or a member of a party which is NOT the same party of the candidate you wish to vote for, you will need to update your registration before the deadline for that election. For the 2020 Primary Election, the cut-off date to change your registration / party affiliation is JULY 20TH.
To update your voter registration information, you may visit a SOE offfice (call 941-861-8600 for details) or complete the process online: