Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections, speaks at Hot Topic

At Hot Topics luncheon at Marina Jacks on October 28, Ron Turner, Supervisor of Elections, shared a wealth of information about the 318,000 registered voters here in Sarasota County. There are three full-service Election offices; in Sarasota, Venice and North Port.

Voter turnout was fairly high at 77% in 2016 election and 67% at the Midterm enhanced by the multiple ways to vote. With 62% over the age of 65, 87% non-Hispanic whites, 4% Hispanic, and 10% of us African-American, we can vote by mail, vote early, the most popular, or go to the polls on Election Day.

New this year are bilingual ballots. The Hot Line is bilingual as is information about voter registration and Voter Registration forms. Many poll workers are bilingual as well.

Be registered to vote at least 29 days before next election. The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is 10 days before the election. Before voting make sure your paperwork is up to date. Have multiple forms of your signature on file. When voting, make sure to fill in the ovals completely on the paper ballot. For more information go to

Get involved. Become a poll worker. Learn how secure your vote is. With monitors in all 67 counties, Florida now has the safest system in the United States says Ron Turner.