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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 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
- 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 will be accepted beginning April 6, 2020
 
County Candidate & Special District Candidate 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 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. Thequalifying 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 is 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 Handbookfor 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
                                                                     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

Deborah Clark, Supervisor of Elections, Pinellas County

13001 Starkey Rd., Largo, FL 33773

Hours

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