What’s on the Ballot? Your guide to this year’s election on the Suncoast

What’s on the Ballot? Your guide to this year’s election on the Suncoast
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - In “Your Voice, Your Vote”, we are days out from the 2020 election day. The ABC7 team wants to make sure you are prepared when you fill out that ballot because there’s way more to vote for than just the presidential candidate. Below is everything you need to know.

How can you vote this year?

Early voting & vote-by-mail information for Sarasota County or Manatee County.

Voting on Election Day in Sarasota County or Manatee County.

What’s on the ballot?

President and Vice President

  • Joseph R. Biden, President and Kamala D. Harris, Vice President - Democrat
  • Donald J. Trump, President and Michael R. Pence, Vice President - Republican
  • Jo Jorgensen, President and Jeremy F. “Spike” Cohen, Vice President – Libertarian

Representative in Congress, District 16

  • Vern Buchanan, Republican
  • Margaret Good, Democrat

The following six amendments need a “Yes” from 60% of voters in Florida to be approved.

Amendment 1 - States in the state Constitution that only U.S. citizens who are 18 years old or older can vote in federal, state, local, or school elections. More information here.

Amendment 2 - Increases the state minimum wage to $15 by 2026. More information here.

Amendment 3 - Establishes a top-two open primary system for state office primary elections. More information here.

Amendment 4 - Requires voter-approved constitutional amendments to be approved by voters at a second general election. More information here.

Amendment 5 - Increases the period during which a person may transfer “Save Our Homes” benefits to a new homestead property from two years to three years. More information here.

Amendment 6 - Allows a homestead property tax discount to be transferred to the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran.

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In Sarasota County:

State Senator, District 23

  • Joe Gruters, Republican
  • Katherine Norman, Democrat
  • Robert Kaplan, No Party Affiliation

State Representative, District 71

  • Will Robinson, Republican
  • Andy Mele, Democrat

Sarasota Board of County Commissioners, District 1

  • Michael Moran, Republican
  • Mark E. Pienkos, Democrat

Sarasota Board of County Commissioners, District 3

  • Nancy Detert, Republican
  • Cory Hutchinson, Democrat

Sarasota Board of County Commissioners, District 5

  • Ron Custinger, Republican
  • Alice White, Democrat

In Manatee County:

Manatee Board of County Commissioners, District 1

  • Dominique Shauntel Brown, Democrat
  • James A. Satcher, Republican

Manatee Board of County Commissioners, District 3

  • Matthew J. Bower, No Party Affiliation
  • Kevin Van Ostenbridge, Republican

Manatee Board of County Commissioners, District 5

  • Vanessa A. Baugh, Republican
  • Carol Ann Felts, Write-in
  • Chris Gilbert, Write-in

Manatee Board of County Commissioners, District 7, At Large

  • Thomas Whitten Dell, Write-in
  • George W. Kruse, Republican

Manatee County Supervisor of Elections

  • Michael S. Bennett, Republican
  • Charles William, Jr., Democrat

Checking the status of your ballot?

After you have voted in either Sarasota or Manatee County, you can check the status of your ballot here.

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