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Early Voting Report and Gun Violence – Wednesday on Peace & Justice – 9 a.m.

Written by on Tuesday, October 23, 2018

This Wednesday, October 24, we’ll get a report from Ron Turner, our Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, about the unprecedented number of Vote By Mail ballots being sent and counted in this election.

We’ll update this post as other guests confirm for our Wednesday show.


See the positions of  ten different organizations on the twelve ballot amendments HERE.  A printable version is HERE.

More complete information about each amendment, including ballot wording

and the actual wording changes to the state constitution, is available at


The League of Women Voters shows their positions at



On the LOCAL BALLOT QUESTIONS, Progressive Sarasota offers this advice:


  • Single Member DistrictsYES
  • Legacy Trail – YES
  • Increase # of signatures required for Charter Amendment: NO


  • Decide the DateNO


Want help with the choice of retaining the FIVE JUDGES on the ballot? Here are their names and who appointed them:

Alan Lawson (SCFL) – Appointed by Rick Scott

Anthony Black (2nd Dist Court of Appeal) – Appointed by Charlie Crist

Darryl Casanueva (2nd Dist Court of Appeal) – Appointed by Lawton Chiles

Edward LaRose (2nd Dist Court of Appeal) – Appointed by Jeb Bush

Susan Rothstein-Youakim (2nd Dist Court of Appeal)  –  Appointed by Rick Scott.

A reminder about early voting:

Early voting for the November 6 general election will begin on Monday, October 22 and continue through Saturday, November 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner announced today.

During the early voting period, voters may cast their ballots at any one of the following six locations. You can see wait times at all six locations by clicking HERE.

o   Supervisor of Elections Office, 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota

o   Supervisor of Elections Office, 4000 Tamiami Trail S, Venice

o   Supervisor of Elections Office, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port

o   Fruitville Library, 100 Coburn Road, Sarasota

o   North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newtown Boulevard, Sarasota

o   Westfield Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota




Then we’ll talk to Dr. Thomas Gabor, author of Confronting Gun Violence in America. Dr. Gabor will be at Fogartyville next Monday evening, October 29, at 7pm.

Each year, more than 100,000 Americans are killed or suffer serious injuries from gunfire.  The United States has dramatically higher gun ownership levels and gun deaths than other affluent countries.

Confronting Gun Violence in America examines the link between gun ownership and homicide, suicide, and unintentional death. Based on a comprehensive review of research and original analyses, Thomas Gabor presents a series of measures to combat America’s gun violence problem.

Specific issues examined include:

  • Are mass shootings increasing and are they becoming more lethal?
  • Do guns in the home make us safer?
  • Does the presence of guns make a difference in the outcome of an attack or suicide attempt?
  • How often are guns used in self-defense?
  • Do states with more gun owners have more or fewer gun deaths than states with fewer gun owners?
  • Is widespread gun ownership contributing to police shootings of citizens and the shooting of officers?
  • Are career criminals (“bad guys”) responsible for most gun deaths?
  • Do some gun laws prevent gun violence?


Our third guest will be  Chris Kasten, Executive Director of the Venice Symphony. We’ll talk about their new season and their new music director Troy Quinn. Their website is thevenicesymphony.org.