The deadline to request a ballot by mail for the Aug. 18 primary is Saturday at 5 p.m.

The Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections is urging voters who have requested vote-by-mail ballots for the Aug. 18 primary election to vote and return those ballots promptly so they are received in time to be counted.

"Because we have sent out a record number of vote-by-mail ballots for this election, I strongly urge voters to return them as soon as possible to avoid mail delays and the risk of being received too late to be counted," Elections Supervisor Ron Turner said.

Vote-by-mail ballots must be received by the elections office by 7 p.m. on election night. The deadline to request a ballot is 5 p.m. on Aug. 8.

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Sarasota voters will make several key decisions in August, including two School Board seats and the next Sarasota County sheriff.

Republican challenger for the District 1 (north county) and District 5 (south county) County Commission seats will also be selected.

Several North Port and Sarasota City Commission districts are also on the August primary ballot.

To request a vote-by-mail ballot, call 941-861-8618. You may also submit an online request form at or request by email to Remember to include your name, birth date and address where ballot should be mailed.

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Completed ballots may be returned by mail or in person to any of the three elections offices in Sarasota, Venice or North Port. Voters may also drop ballots into secure vote-by-mail drop boxes in all three elections offices during normal business hours, and inside early voting locations during early voting dates and times, published at

Turner cautions voters to carefully follow the instructions included with vote-by-mail ballots to ensure their ballots are counted.

For more information, contact the Supervisor of Elections Office at 941-861-8618 or visit