What papers do I file to run for office?
There are a number of different forms candidates can file prior to the official qualifying dates.
DS/DE 9 Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, Designation of Campaign Depository. This form must be filed with the qualifying officer prior to the acceptance of any contribution or the expenditure of any funds by the candidate, including expenses by the candidate from his or her own personal funds.
DS/DE 84 Statement of Candidate. This form must be filed with the qualifying officer within 10 days of having filed the DS/DE 9 above.
Once a candidate has filed the DS/DE 9 Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, Designation of Campaign Depository, the qualifying officer will notify the candidate and his or her treasurer of the reporting dates for Campaign Treasurer's Reports. These reports show who gave money to the candidate and how the candidate spent the money. They, too, are filed with the qualifying officer. The forms are available here on the Division of Elections website. The qualifying officer can guide the candidate on which forms to file as there are several forms that make up one report. The qualifying officer will also notify the candidate and treasurer if there is a requirement to file the Campaign Treasurer's Reports electronically.
The qualifying officer for a statewide or multi-county candidate is the Division of Elections in Tallahassee. For county-wide candidates, the qualifying officer is the Supervisor of Elections. Municipal candidates file with their City Clerk.