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The Sarasota County supervisor of elections is offering a convenient and secure ballot drop-off service for county voters who choose to vote by mail (absentee), rather than early or at the polls on election day (August 14).
A drive-thru, drop-off booth is now open at the Sarasota County Terrace Building and will remain open during the eight days of early voting through Saturday, August 11, from 10am to 6pm daily, for the collection of mail ballots.
Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent said the drop-off service is a handy way for voters to return their mail ballots without having to pay the cost of postage, park their cars, or worry about the speed of mail delivery.
Voters should look for the blue Supervisor of Elections canopy on the south side of Morrill Street, east of Washington Blvd, just one block south of the Terrace Building. Representatives of the elections office will be on hand to collect and drop the signed ballot envelopes into a secured ballot box.
Dent cautions voters to ensure they have signed their absentee ballot certificate envelopes prior to dropping them off. Mail may not be opened and counted under Florida law, if the certificate envelope is not signed.
She also urges absentee voters whose signatures may have changed since the last election to update their signatures with the elections office. The signature on the certificate envelope must match the signature on file with the elections office for the ballot to be counted. Signature updates must be made on a Florida Voter Registration Application and must be received by the supervisor of elections before the start of the absentee ballot canvass, which begins at 8:30am on Wednesday, August 8.
All voted absentee ballots must be in the hands of the supervisor of elections by 7pm on election night to be counted.
More than 31,000 absentee ballots have been mailed so far to county residents, Dent said.