SARASOTA – It’s National Voter Registration Day and voters in Sarasota County are registering county residents to vote because your vote counts.

“Well voting affects everything you do. Every part of your life, voting affects,” said Michael White, a volunteer.

“We’re all very passionate about encouraging citizens to vote and that’s why we’re all here today,” said Joan Roscoe, Sarasota County Democratic Party Voter Registration Coordinator.

There were over 313 thousand registered voters in Sarasota County for the primary election.

Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections, Ron Turner, expects to see that number increase.

“I’d like to remind voters that October 9th is the last day to register to vote to be able to participate in the November 6 General Election,” said Turner.

There are a few ways you can go about registering.

“They can register in person, but they can also register online at anyone in Florida can register to vote online or update their voter registration,” said Turner.

Turner says the ballot for Sarasota County voters is 17 inches long.

“There are a lot of races on the ballot in November. There are 12 statewide questions, 6 county questions, and an additional question if you’re in the City of Sarasota or the City of North Port. So there’s a lot for everyone, every voter in Sarasota County to think on,” said Turner.

“Every every every election is crucial, not just the presidential. We really need to get the word out. We want people to vote every time,” said Roscoe.