Qualifying for Office
The information on this page applies to candidates for county office, who qualify with our office. Candidates for federal, state or multi-county offices should contact the Florida Division of Elections.
Candidates must qualify to run for office by submitting qualifying forms and a qualifying fee. In lieu of paying a qualifying fee, candidates may choose to qualify by petition or as a write-in candidate. Write-in candidates' names do not appear on the ballot.
Our office can begin accepting qualifying forms and fees during the pre-qualifying period, which takes 14 days prior to the official qualifying dates. Forms and fees will then be processed on the first day of qualifying week. All qualifying forms and fees (if applicable) must be received no later than noon on the last day of the qualifying period.
It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that he or she files all required forms and timely completes the candidate qualifying proccess.
JUNE 12, 2021 - Deadline for Candidate party changes for the 2022 election cycle.
Section 99.021 F.S. – The person has been a registered member of the political party for which he or she is seeking nomination as a candidate for 365 days before the beginning of qualifying preceding the general election for which the person seeks to qualify.
This includes persons seeking to qualify for office as a candidate with no party affiliation.
Additionally, any person seeking to qualify for office as a candidate with no party affiliation shall, at the time of subscribing to the oath or affirmation, state in writing that he or she is registered without any party affiliation and that he or she has not been a registered member of any political party for 365 days before the beginning of the qualifying preceding the general election for which the person seeks to qualify.