Our Candidate Specialists have thoughtfully put together the information on this page and it should answer many of your questions, however, it is not comprehensive. It is your responsibility, as a candidate, to follow all relevant Florida election laws and local charters that might have a bearing on your filing or your qualifications to run for office.

Once you have decided to run for office, you will need to File and Qualify with the appropriate officer. The Filing and Qualifying Officer for county candidates is the Supervisor of Elections. The Filing and Qualifying Officer for a statewide or multi-county candidate is the Division of Elections in Tallahassee. The Filing and Qualifying Officer for municipal candidates is the Municipal Clerk. A list of offices and filing locations can be found here.  

More information about the office that you are seeking can be found on our Offices up for Election page. As always, our Candidate Specialists are available to answer any questions, (561) 656-6200, or candidates@pbcelections.org.



HOW TO BECOME A CANDIDATE IN FOUR EASY STEPS


STEP 1 – File Your Initial Paperwork


In order to become a candidate, you must file two forms with the office of the Supervisor of Elections:


1.) Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository Form DS-DE 9


  • This form MUST be filed prior to opening the campaign depository, accepting contributions, making expenditures, or circulating petition forms.
  • Filing your intent for candidacy is not complete until filing forms are accepted and date/time stamped by the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office.
  • Special District Candidates are not required to file DS-DE 9 or open a campaign account unless you collect contributions or make expenditures for anything other than the qualifying fee or petition verification fee (F.S. 99.061).

2.) Statement of Candidate Form DS-DE 84


  • File this form no later than 10 days after filing the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository. It is also allowable to file this form along with the DS-DE 9.
  • Judicial Candidates must also file a Statement of Candidate for Judicial Office  DS-DE 83.

STEP 2 – Filing Campaign Finance Reports


Once an individual has filed a DS-DE 9 and becomes a candidate for office, he or she will be required to file regular campaign treasurer reports with the qualifying officer.


  • These reports provide information on campaign contributions and expenditures.
  • Generally, reports are submitted monthly, but as the election gets closer, they will be reported more often.
  • Campaign finance reporting deadlines are included in candidate packets and at PBCElections.org.

STEP 3 – Choose One of the following Methods to Qualify as a Candidate


1.) Pay Qualifying Fee (F.S. 99.092)


Candidates that are filing for partisan office and are affiliated with a political party have a qualifying fee based on 6% of the annual salary, as of July 1, 2019, of the office sought; candidates affiliated with no party or who are seeking a nonpartisan office pay 4% of the annual salary.


FEES BY OFFICE


  • County Court Judge –$ 6,072.88
  • Sheriff –Partisan Candidate - $10,857.12; Nonpartisan Candidate - $7,238.08
  • Clerk of the Circuit Court, Property Appraiser, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector – Partisan Candidate - $10,291.50; Nonpartisan Candidate - $6,861.00
  • County Commission – Partisan Candidate - $6,060.36; Nonpartisan Candidate - $4,040.24
  • School Board - $1,795.68
  • Port of Palm Beach – Partisan Candidate - $570.00; Nonpartisan Candidate - $380.00
  • Special Districts and Community Development Districts - $25.00

2.) Petition Process Form DS-DE 104 (F.S. 99.095 & Rule 1S-2.045)


Candidates have an option to waive the qualifying fee by collecting petitions instead. The number of signatures required is based on the number of registered voters as of the immediately preceding general election.


The deadline for submitting petitions to the Supervisor of Elections for signature verification is noon, the 28th day preceding the first day of the qualifying period for the office being sought.

Click here to download the 2020 Candidate Petition Handbook provided bu the Florida Division of Elections. 


PETITION SUBMISSION DEADLINES

  • Judicial Candidates: Noon, Monday, March 23, 2020
  • County & District Office Candidates: Noon, Monday, May 11, 2020

PETITION REQUIREMENTS BY OFFICE

  • Constitutional Officers - 9,304
  • County Commission
  • District 1 – 1,514
  • District 3 – 1,216
  • District 5 – 1,498
  • District 7 – 1,191
  • School Board
  • District 1 – 1,481
  • District 2 – 1,027
  • District 5 – 1,464
  • Port of Palm Beach – 2,911
  • Special Districts and Community Development Districts – 25

3.) Write-In Candidate (F.S. 99.061 (4))


Candidates seeking election as a write-in candidate shall not be required to pay a qualifying fee or obtain signatures on petitions. A write-in candidate in not entitled to have his or her name printed on any ballot; however, space for a write-in candidates name to be written in will be provided on the general election ballot


STEP 4 – Qualify During the Official Qualifying Period


1.) File two (2) forms with the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections office:


  • Candidate Oath – Forms vary according to partisan, nonpartisan, school board and judicial offices.  Your name must be printed as you wish it to appear on the ballot and it must be notarized.
  • Financial Disclosure Form (Form 1 or Form 6 depending on the office sought; Form 6 must be notarized).

2.) Pay the qualifying fee or submit Official Petition Certification (exception – Write-In Candidates).  


The fee must be paid by a properly executed check drawn on the campaign account. Petition Certification will be provided by the Supervisor of Elections after completion of the signature verification process.


QUALIFYING DATES


  • Judicial Candidates: Noon, Monday, April 20, 2020 – Noon, Friday, April 24, 2020.
  • County & District Offices: Noon, Monday, June 8, 2020 – Noon, Friday, June 12, 2020.

QUALIFYING OFFICE

Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Main Office – 240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach FL 33415


For additional information, please contact the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Office at 561-656-6200 or visit PBCElections.org.


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FINANCIAL REPORTING

Candidates, Political Committees and Political Party Executive Committees are required to submit regular financial reports that include contributions and expenditures, following the deadlines specified by the Florida Division of Elections:

 


These reports are also known as Campaign Finance Reports and should be submitted to our office electronically. A Handbook for Candidates and Committees has step by step information on How to File Financial Reports Online.

Once you file for office, you will be listed as a candidate on our 2020 Announced Candidate page and your financial reports will be publicly posted on our website.

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More information about Filing and Qualifying can be found on the Florida Division of Elections website

Transparent Secure Democracy
Wendy Sartory Link
Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections
MAIN OFFICE: 240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415
P.O. Box 22309, West Palm Beach, FL 33416
P: (561) 656-6200 | F: (561) 656-6287
Hours for All Offices: M - F: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
NORTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
Northeast County Courthouse
3188 P.G.A. Blvd.
Rm. #2401
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

P: (561) 624-6555
F: (561) 624-6572
SOUTH COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
Southeast PBC Administrative Complex
345 South Congress Avenue
Rm. #103
Delray Beach, FL 33445

P: (561) 276-1226
F: (561) 276-1321
WEST COUNTY BRANCH OFFICE
West County Office Building
2976 State Road #15
Second Floor
Belle Glade, FL 33430

P: (561) 992-1114
F: (561) 992-1219
SUPERVISOR OF ELECTIONS SERVICE CENTER
7835 Central Industrial Drive
Riviera Beach, FL 33404

P: (561) 840-4588
F: (561) 840-4591
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