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What papers do I file to run for office?

Candidates must file two forms before officially qualifying:

  • Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository for Candidates, Division of Elections form DS/DE 9 – this form must be filed with the appropriate qualifying officer before the acceptance of any contribution or the expenditure of any funds by the candidate, including expenses by the candidate from their personal funds.
  • Statement of Candidate, Division of Elections form DS/DE 84 – this form must be filed with the qualifying officer within 10 days of filing the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository form.
    • NOTE: Judicial Candidates are required to also file the Statement of Candidate for Judicial Office, Division of Elections form DS/DE 83 - this form must be filed with the qualifying officer within 10 days of filing the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository form.

Once a candidate has filed the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository, the qualifying officer will notify the candidate and their treasurer of the reporting dates for campaign treasurer’s reports. These reports show who contributed money to the candidate and how the candidate spent the money. Campaign treasurer reports are also filed with the qualifying officer. The qualifying officer can guide the candidate on which forms to file.

You can find the above forms on the Florida Division of Elections website.

Where do I file?

The qualifying period is from noon on the 120th day before the primary election, to no later than noon on the 116th day before the primary election for candidates for:

  • Federal office
  • State attorney
  • Public defender
  • Judicial office

The qualifying period is from noon on the 71st day before the primary election, to no later than noon on the 67th day before the primary election for candidates for:

  • State office
  • Multi-county district office
  • County office
  • School board office
  • Any other district office

2024 Qualifying Dates

County Judge Qualifying Dates: Noon, April 22, 2024 through noon, April 26, 2024

All Other Candidates Qualifying Dates: Noon, June 10, 2024 through noon, June 14, 2024

Per Florida Statute 99.061(8), 14 days before the beginning of qualifying, we can accept and hold qualifying documents. The documents will not be processed until qualifying begins. Office will be closed in Observance of Memorial Day on May 27th.  Documents may be mailed or dropped off at the SOE drop box located at the entrance of the office.

Schedule an appointment to complete your qualifying documents in person beginning on May 28th at the Supervisor of Elections Office using the Waitwhile link in 30 minutes appointment slots. Can begin scheduling 2 weeks in advance for May 28 - June 14 noon. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at [email protected].

Link to schedule appointment for Pre-qualifying and Qualifying.

Who is the qualifying officer?

The qualifying officer for a statewide or multi-county candidate is the Division of Elections in Tallahassee.

The qualifying officer for all county candidates is the county Supervisor of Elections.

The qualifying officer for municipal candidates is the City/Town Clerk – candidates for municipal offices should verify qualifying dates with the appropriate municipality.

How much does it cost to run for office?

The qualifying fee is either 4% of the annual salary for nonpartisan candidate positions, or 6% of the annual salary for partisan candidate positions.

  • The filing fee is 3% of the annual salary of the office sought.
  • The election assessment fee is 1% of the annual salary.
  • The party assessment fee for partisan candidates is 2% of the annual salary.

The qualifying fee is based on the annual salary of the office sought as of July 1 the year before qualifying.

Campaign Year 2024 Qualifying Fees

Office Sought Salary 3%
Filing Fee
1%
Election Assessment
2%
Party Assessment
TOTAL FEE
Clerk of Courts $193,419.00 $5,802.57 $1,934.19 $3,868.38 $11,605.14
Comptroller $193,419.00 $5,802.57 $1,934.19 $3,868.38 $11,605.14
County Commissioner $91,158.00 $2,734.74 $911.58 N/A $3,646.32
County Judge $180,616.00 $5,418.48 $1,806.16 N/A $7,224.64
Property Appraiser $193,419.00 $5,802.57 $1,934.19 $3,868.38 $11,605.14
School Board Member $48,400.00 $1,452.00 $968.00 N/A $2,420.00
Sheriff $229,269.00 $6,878.07 $2,292.69 $4,585.38 $13,756.14
Supervisor of Elections $193,419.00 $5,802.57 $1,934.19 $3,868.38 $11,605.14
Tax Collector $193,419.00 $5,802.57 $1,934.19 $3,868.38 $11,605.14
Soil & Water Conservation
District Supervisor
$0.00 N/A N/A N/A $25.00
All Community
Development &
Improvement Districts
$0.00 N/A N/A N/A $25.00

Can I use petitions instead of paying a qualifying fee?

Candidates have the option to waive the qualifying fee by collecting petitions instead. However, you may not collect signatures until you file the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository form.

The number of signatures required is based on the number of registered voters as of the previous general election’s book closing.

The Division of Elections creates the petition form, and it is available through the qualifying officer. You must use the official petition format.

The deadline for submitting petitions to the Supervisor of Elections is noon on the 28th day before the first day of the qualifying period of the office being sought.

Candidates should verify how many petition signatures are needed and the deadline for submitting petitions with the qualifying officer.

Download the Petition Form (Division of Elections Website)

2024 Petition Information

The following petition qualifying information is as of the November 2022 General Election book closing.

Type of Office Number of Voters Signatures Required
Countywide Office Countywide total registered voters: 870,296 1% = 8,703 signatures required
County Commissioner 870,296 divided by 6 county commission districts 1% = 1,451 signatures required
County Judge Countywide total registered voters: 870,296 1% = 8,703 signatures required
School Board Member 870,296 divided by 7 school board districts 1% = 1,243 signatures required
Special District N/A 25 signatures required