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Information for Candidates

WHERE DO I FILE MY CANDIDATE QUALIFYING DOCUMENTS?
 
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
wgrimes@votepinellas.com
 
Municipal Candidates - Qualifying Officer: Municipal Clerk
Pinellas County Candidates - Qualifying Officer: Deborah Clark, Supervisor of Elections
 
 
2020 CANDIDATE INFORMATION
   
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 Judge Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
          - Constitutional Officers Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
          - County Commissioners Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
          - School Board Members Qualifying Requirements (PDF)
          - East Lake Tarpon Special Fire Control District Qualifying Requirements
          - Lealman Special Fire Control District Qualifying Requirements
          - Palm Harbor Special Fire Control & Rescue District Qualifying Requirements
          - Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District Qualifying Requirements
          - Eastlake Oaks Community Development District Qualifying Requirements
          - Clearwater Cay Community Development District Qualifying Requirements
   
2020 QUALIFYING INFORMATION
 
County Court Judge Qualifying Period:  
NOON, April 20, 2020 - NOON, April 24, 2020
*Pre-Qualifying papers may be accepted beginning April 6, 2020
 
County Candidate & Special District Candidate Qualifying Period: 
NOON, June 8, 2020 - NOON, June 12, 2020

*Pre-Qualifying papers may be accepted beginning May 25, 2020
 
*Qualifying paperwork and fees can be submitted up to 14 days prior to the qualifying period, but will not be processed until the start of qualifying. For more information about the offices up for Election in 2020 click here.
 
Qualifying By Fee - Candidates affiliated with a political party must pay 6% of the salary of the office as of July 1, 2019 to qualify by fee. Candidates with no party affiliation 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 (unless you are a Special District candidate who has filed an Affidavit of Intention form), made payable to the Supervisor of Elections. These fees are due during the pre-qualifying/qualifying period.
   
Qualifying By Petition - The deadline for judicial candidates to submit petitions was noon on March 23, 2020. The deadline for all other candidates was 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
FORMS:
Florida Division of Elections - County Candidate Forms
Florida Commission on Ethics (2019 Form 1 and Form 6 will be available Jan. 1, 2020)                                                                                                                                                                                           
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
 
PUBLICATIONS:
2019 Candidate Reporting Period Deadlines
2018 Pinellas County Candidate Handbook (Updated January 2018) 
Pinellas County Campaign Finance Handbook
 
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