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The Board of Sarasota County Commissioners has defied the voters of Sarasota County.
The Board has decided to stage a
March 8 Special Election
aimed at overturning
the Single Member District Voting structure that We the People overwhelmingly approved in 2018.
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Register to vote by Monday, Feb. 7
Request a vote-by-mail ballot by 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26
How We Got Here
2018: 60 percent of voters in all five voting districts endorsed electing Commissioners by Single-Member District (SMD).
Republicans, Democrats, and Independents voted for direct accountability at the District level.
19 Florida counties elect their Commissioners by SMD.
The Florida Legislature and US Congress are elected by SMD.
2020: Candidates from both parties ran for County Commission in Districts 1, 3, and 5. In 2022, Districts 2 and 4 will elect Commissioners.
2020-2021: Directly following the November 2020 election, the County Commission publicly questioned the voters’ choice of Single Member Districts, saying that the ballot language was confusing.
We need to keep what we voted for.
Single Member Districts are crucial to our future. Sarasota County is growing -- its population is already too large for all commissioners to be up to speed with every community. With SMD, each district will have a commissioner to address concerns in our neighborhoods, while responding to the public interests of the entire county.
19 Florida Counties use Single Member Districts (SMD) (or variations of): Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Collier, Columbia, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Hendry, Jackson, Jefferson, Madison, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Taylor, Union.
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