Are you ready?

The Aug. 30 primary election is fast approaching and it is important that Sarasota County voters are prepared and meet deadlines in order to cast an informed vote.

Florida is a closed primary state, which means voters can only vote in a partisan primary election for the candidates of the party in which they are registered. All registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, may vote in nonpartisan races and on issues.

If a voter wishes to change party affiliation in order to participate in a partisan primary race, he may easily do so by completing a new voter registration form no later than Aug. 1. Voters may change back to their current affiliation after the primary, if they wish.

For all voters in Sarasota County, there is a nonpartisan School Board race for District 2. Voters statewide can cast ballots on Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 4 for a solar tax abatement, which requires 60 percent approval from voters to pass. (The League of Women Voters’ position is a “Yes” vote.)

For voters in the city of North Port, there are three nonpartisan commission seats (1, 2 and 3) on all ballots. For voters in the town of Longboat Key (Precinct 201), there is a zoning question to increase density for certain contiguous properties so they are eligible for tourism pool units.

The League of Women Voters of Sarasota County will be hosting Meet and Greets from 5 to 7 p.m. for the state and local races at the North Port Library on Aug. 3 and at the Selby Library, in downtown Sarasota, on Aug. 4.

(Herald Tribune letter to the editor – HERE)

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