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New College profs discuss election on Peace & Justice Weds., Oct. 28 at 9am.

Written by on Monday, October 26, 2020

This Wednesday, October 28 from 9-10am we’ll discuss the upcoming elections. But first we’ll have a brief report from Sarasota Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner about the voter turnout so far and the arrangements for safe voting.

Then we’ll have two New College professors who will give their views on the current political situation. Dr. Frank Alcock is an Associate Professor of Political Science at New College where he has taught courses on world politics, international law, and environmental policy since 2003. Dr. Brendan Goff is an Assistant Professor of History at New College where he teaches courses in U.S. history and the role of the U.S. in the world.

We’ll talk about possible post-election scenarios, the details of the twelfth amendment, the senate races, conspiracy theorists, Florida ballot Amendments, and much more.

Early voting information in Sarasota County:

Early voting is available now through November 1, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily, at eight locations:

· Elections office: Terrace Building, 2001 Adams Lane, Sarasota 
· Elections office: R.L. Anderson Administration Building, 4000 Tamiami Trail S, Venice 
· Elections office: Biscayne Plaza, 13640 Tamiami Trail, North Port 
· North Sarasota Library: 2801 Newtown Boulevard, Sarasota 
· Fruitville Library: 100 Apex Road, Sarasota
· Shannon Staub Library: 4675 Career Lane, North Port
· Sarasota Square Mall: 8201 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota 
· Bee Ridge Park: 4430 S Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota

Ron Turner appeals to voters who have requested a vote-by-mail ballot for the election: “Please vote and return your ballot as soon as possible to ensure that it reaches the elections office in time to be counted – by 7 p.m. election night.” He notes that if returning a ballot by mail, the U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing no later than Tuesday, October 27 to allow time for the ballot to reach the elections office by Election Day. 

Also, Sarasota County voters may return vote-by-mail ballots to drop boxes inside any early voting site during early voting dates and times (October 19 – November 1; 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily). Voters also may take advantage of the popular, no-contact, vote-by-mail drive-thru, drop-off sites located outside all three county elections offices (Sarasota, Venice or North Port), weather permitting, Monday, October 19 – Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day), 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily.


Precinct 135, St Margaret of Scotland, 8700 State Road 72, Sarasota Moving to Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Rd, Sarasota 34241

Precinct 213, Plymouth Harbor, 700 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota Moving to St Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N Adams Dr, Sarasota 34236

Precinct 217, Fruitville Ministry Park, 3375 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota Moving to Sarasota Community Church, 4041 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota 34232

Precinct 303, St Margaret of Scotland, 8700 State Road 72, Sarasota Moving to Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Rd, Sarasota 34241

Precinct 307, Jewish Congregation of Venice, 600 N Auburn Rd, Venice Moving to Church of the Nazarene, 1535 E Venice Ave, Venice 34292

Precinct 321, Colonial Baptist Church, 2400 Taylor Ranch Trl, Venice Moving to Woodmere Park, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice 34293

Precinct 415, St Andrew United Church, 6908 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, Precinct 417, Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, Precinct 423, Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Rd, Sarasota, Precinct 425, Covenant Life Presbyterian Church, 8490 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, Precinct 429, and Venetian Park Estates, 8885 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota – ALL Moving to Sarasota Square Mall, 8201 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota 34238

Precinct 519, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 800 Tamiami Trl S, Venice and Precinct 521, Country Club Estates, 700 Waterway, Venice Moving to Venice Community Center, 326 Nokomis Ave S, Venice 34285

Precinct 525, Lift Church, 695 Center Rd, Venice, and Precinct 541, New Life Church, 5800 Tamiami Trl S, Venice Moving to Woodmere Park, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice 34293

Precinct 543, Alameda Isles, 1 Alameda Grande, Englewood Moving to Englewood Sports Complex, 1300 S River Rd, Englewood 34223

In Manatee County, the early voting times and locations are Monday, October 19, 2020 – Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

  • Palmetto Library, 923 6th St W, Palmetto
  • Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 U.S. Hwy 301, Ellenton
  • Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.,
    Lakewood Ranch
  • Manatee County Utilities Administrative Offices, 4410 66thSt. W., Bradenton
  • FL Department of Transportation Operation Center (FDOT)
    14000 SR 64 E., Bradenton

Click HERE for November 3 Manatee County polling place changes.