Wednesday, November 14, 2012
If the Sarasota County Charter Amendment passes, the county charter requires that referendums to be held during general elections.
After a machine recount of votes Monday for the Sarasota County Charter Amendment, the Sarasota County Canvassing Board will manually recount the votes Thursday. The Canvassing Board ordered the manual recount Wednesday during its machine recount process, following state procedures. State law requires recounts when races are separated by less than one quarter of a percent. The question before voters asked if all county charter amendments should be voted on during general election as long as they are filed within 120 days of the election. The move would have saved the county more than $400,000 each time a special election would have to be held. The measure was narrowly defeated with 50.1 percent of voters choosing no, which comes to 83,366…
Friday, November 9, 2012
If approved, the proposed county charter amendment would have county referendums scheduled for general elections instead of special elections.
Votes for the Sarasota County Charter Amendment question in Tuesday's election will be recounted starting Monday after the amendment was initially defeated by 322 votes. Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent announced the recount Friday stating that a machine recount by the Elections Canvassing Board will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Supervisor of Elections Office, 101 S .Washington Blvd. The question before voters asked if all county charter amendments should be voted on during general election as long as they are filed within 120 days of the election. The move would have saved the county more than $400,000 each time a special election would have to be held. The measure was narrowly defeated with 50.1 percent of voters …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Four of seven city amendments pass while the county's lone amendment appears to have failed.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Four of seven City of Sarasota charter amendments passed in the General Election while the county's lone amendment narrowly failed. Results are still considered unofficial even though all precincts are reporting. Here are the unofficial election results for the Charter Amendments: County All charter amendments to be voted on during general election as long as they are filed within 120 days of the election Yes 82,964 49.90% No 83,312 50.10% City Super Majority Vote for Certain Franchises, Contracts, Leases and Pension Plan Changes Yes 11,093 56.06% No 8,693 43.94% Derivatives Prohibition Yes 11,731 60.21…
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Supervisor of Elections says voters inserting ballots too quickly into optical scanner causing jams.
It appears that folks are a little too excited to cast their ballot in Sarasota County. Supervisor of Elections staff are having to switch out ballot boxes and scanners due to the machines jamming when voters insert their ballots, Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent tells Patch. It's an easy explanation—a combination of this election being the first two-page ballot for Sarasota County using the optical scanners and over-eager voters, Dent said. "Voters are too anxious to put both of them in, and they're putting them in too quickly," Dent said. Dent said poll workers are on top of the situation and has it under control, advising voters to place the first page in, wait for the page to drop, and then insert the second page. Thanks to the large…
Sarasota resident John Speicher says "this is the year we have to be involved" volunteering on Election Day.
John Speicher has voted since President Dwight Eisenhower was in office, but today is the first time he decided to volunteer on Election Day. "This is the year we have to be involved," Speicher tells Patch. "We just have to do it. It means so much to our country. I spoke to more first-time volunteers—people just like me—who have never worked in an election before, and it's incredible how many people have come out." Speicher, a native of Connecticut, kept dry and cool underneath a gazebo at Pine Shores Community Center, where he stood with fellow Republican volunteers at Precinct 413. He's never failed to vote since 1958, he said, during a U.S. Senate election, and back then he had to be 21 in order to vote. He moved to Florida in 2005 …
Images from across the country on Election Day 2012 as Barack Obama and Mitt Romney square off in the race for the White House.
Patch editors are uploading photos via Twitter and Instagram from polling places across the country. Keep up with the latest dispatches from the field in the photos above or through this link. (Some Instagram photos may contain filters.)
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Republicans from Manatee and Sarasota County gathered for a small party to boost spirits before Election Day.
Prominent Sarasota and Manatee County Republicans joined by Gov. Rick Scott gave one last push Saturday to get voters to the polls. Scott, joined by U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R—Longboat Key), State Rep. Ray Pilon and others, gathered at Dolphin Aviation where the mood was light, but the party's message was heavy: Vote Republican and vote President Barack Obama out of the White House. "In our state two years ago, we walked in with a $3.7 billion deficit. We didn't say, 'It was the last person's problem. We can't solve it.,' Scott said. "No. We balanced the budget. And guess what? We cut property taxes, we cut business taxes. We cut regulation, we streamlined permitting processes. And it works. That's what we're going to do in Washington on …