SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. — Sarasota County leaders are looking to purchase a new voter registration database and election management software system, allowing more security for voters.
Tuesday, county leaders could vote to appropriate funding for the new voter registration database and election management software. The elections office uses a voter registration and election management software system to maintain voter records and connect with the Florida Voter Registration System (statewide voter registration database).
The system would be used to process new voter registration applications, update existing voter records, manage voter list maintenance activities and generate associated correspondence and notices. Additionally, the system would provide for management of precinct information, vote-by-mail requests and ballot delivery, candidate and initiative petition verification, voter history assignment, candidate and campaign finance services, online poll worker training, and polling location management, according to county documents.
Overall, the system being replaced is a central part of the elections management and support system for the operation of the Supervisor of Elections office, according to Sarasota County.
The Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections purchased the current voter registration database software in 1995. This system is only used by one other Florida county. The new voter registration system is currently being used by 64 Florida counties. The Orange County Supervisor of Elections recently signed a contract to become the 65th county, according to Sarasota County.
The new voter registration database and election management software system would cost $490,450.00 if approved by county leaders.