About Voting & Voter Registration

All voters in Florida can check their voter status by visiting registration.elections.myflorida.com at any time. You can also check the status of receiving your Vote By Mail ballot, which must be requested every two years.

Voter Qualifications

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old (17 year olds can pre-register)
  • Be a legal resident of Florida
  • Be a legal resident of the county
  • Not claim the right to vote in another county or state
  • Had voting rights restored after (a) being convicted of a felony or (b) adjudicated mentally incapacitated with respect to voting

Register to Vote

In order to vote, a Florida Voter Registration Application must have been obtained, completed, and filed with the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections (SOE) at least 29 days before the election.

To be able to vote in an upcoming election, you must have registered before the particular election’s closing date which is usually 29 days before the election. The exact day can be found on the SOE web site, www.srqelections.com. Check with the Supervisor of Elections office to verify your status if you are newly registered.

There are two ways to register to vote:

Option One:

Applications may be obtained and filed at these Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections locations (office hours and maps):

  • North County office: 101 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236
    phone: 941-861-8600
  • Venice office: 4000 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, FL 34293
    phone: 941-861-3760
  • North Port office: 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287
    phone: 941-423-9540
Option Two: Download and print The Florida Voter Registration Application, or obtain the application at most banks, schools, city halls, libraries, and post offices. Then complete, sign, and mail the form to the Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections (address is on the form). Note the special identification requirements on the form if you have never voted in Florida.

If you complete the voter registration application and do not receive your Voter Information Card within a few weeks, call the Supervisor of Elections office at the phone numbers shown above.