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Information for Candidates


Federal, State, Multi-County Candidates - Qualifying Officer: Florida Division of Elections To schedule an appointment to
file as a County Candidate, please contact Wendy Grimes at
Municipal Candidates - Qualifying Officer: Municipal Clerk
Pinellas County Candidates - Qualifying Officer: Deborah Clark, Supervisor of Elections
Offices up for Election in 2020 The 2020 Primary Election
will take place on:
August 18, 2020

The 2020 General Election
will take place on:
November 3, 2020
County Candidate Requirements:
- County Judge Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
- Constitutional Officers Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
- County Commissioners Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
- School Board Members Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
Special Districts & Community Development District Candidate Requirements:
- East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
- Lealman Special Fire Control District Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
- Palm Harbor Special Fire Control & Rescue District Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
- Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
- Eastlake Oaks Community Development District Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
- Clearwater Cay Community Development District Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
 To qualify for the position, a member of the Democratic Party or Republican Party files a Candidate Oath for Precinct Committeemen and Committeewomen (DS-DE 305CM) during the Pre-Qualifying/Qualifying Period (see below). Click here to view additional information regarding 2020 State & Precinct Committeemen/Committeewomen information.
County Court Judge Qualifying Period:
NOON, April 20, 2020 - NOON, April 24, 2020
*Pre-Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning April 6, 2020
County Candidate, Special District Candidate & Committeemen and Committeewomen Qualifying Period:
NOON, June 8, 2020 - NOON, June 12, 2020

*Pre-Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning May 26, 2020

NOTE: F.S. 99.061(8) states that qualifying papers may be submitted to the qualifying officer beginning 14 days prior to the qualifying period.
*Pinellas County Elections Offices will be CLOSED in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, 2020.
Please call (727) 464-4987 or email wgrimes@votepinellas.com to make an appointment to file your qualifying forms.

Qualifying By Fee - Candidates running with political party affiliation must pay 6% of the salary of the office as of July 1, 2019 to qualify by fee. Candidates running with no party affiliation or running in a nonpartisan contest pay 4% of the salary of the office as of July 1, 2019. The qualifying fee must be paid using a check drawn on your campaign account, made payable to the Supervisor of Elections. These fees are due during the pre-qualifying/qualifying period.

The qualifying fee for Special District Candidates is $25.00. This fee must be paid using a campaign check, made payable to the Supervisor of Elections, if you file a DS-DE 9 and open a campaign account or with a personal check, made payable to the Supervisor of Elections, if you file an Affidavit of Intention. These fees are due during the pre-qualifying/qualifying period.
Qualifying By Petition - The deadline for county judicial candidates to submit petitions is Noon on March 23, 2020. The deadline for all other county candidates is Noon on May 11, 2020. The qualifying fee is waived if you qualify by petition. The State of Florida provides a Candidate Petition Handbook for additional reference. When collecting petitions, you must use the Florida Division of Elections Candidate Petition Form. Additional County Candidate Petition Information can be found here.
COUNTY CANDIDATE FORMS & PUBLICATIONS                                                                                  
Florida Division of Elections - County Candidate Forms
Florida Commission on Ethics 
Candidate Petition (Form DS-DE 104)(Spanish)(Candidate Petition Information)
Affidavit of Undue Burden (Form DS-DE 19A)(Spanish)
Special District Candidate -Affidavit of Intention Form
2020 Candidate Reporting Period Deadlines (PDF)
For a copy of the 2020 County Candidate Handbook, please contact (727) 464-4987 or email wgrimes@votepinellas.com.
                                        FLORIDA ELECTION LAWS & HANDBOOKS                                            
Florida Election Laws
State Candidate and Campaign Treasurer's Handbook
State Qualifying Handbook
Federal Qualifying Handbook
Guidelines for Determining When Residency Qualifications for Elected Office Must be Met
For voter records and other data orders call (727) 464-4958 or email soeit@votepinellas.com.
  • Order a copy of the voter file – by district, municipality, or the whole county
  • Order current or past mail ballot request information (must be a qualified candidate with opposition)
  • Candidates are required to file an Oath of Acquisition with the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections before placing data orders regarding mail ballot requests

Deborah Clark, Supervisor of Elections, Pinellas County

13001 Starkey Rd., Largo, FL 33773


Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact Us

P: (727)-464-VOTE (8683)
F: (727)-464-6239
E: Election@VotePinellas.com
MAIL BALLOTS: MailBallotRequests@VotePinellas.com

F.S. 668.6076 Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing. To submit a public records request: PublicRecordsRequest@VotePinellas.com