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Qualifying By Petition
(Updated January 11, 2018)

Note: Deadline Dates and Petition Requirements are for the 2018 Election Cycle.

Pursuant to 99.095, Florida Statutes, a person seeking to qualify for nomination to any office may qualify to have their name placed on the ballot by means of the petitioning process.

Candidates Qualifying by petition must file the following:

  1. Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository Form DS-DE 9 and Statement of Candidate Form DS-DE 84, unless you have already filed these forms with the Supervisor of Elections.

  2. Petition Certification Form, if qualifying by petition.

  3. Loyalty Oath:
     - Partisan Races:
          Candidates with Party Affiliation Form DS-DE 24
          Candidates with No Party Affiliation Form DS-DE 24B

     - Non Partisan Races:
          Candidates running in a Non Partisan election Form DS-DE 25
          (Form DS-DE 25 is for all candidates except School Board and
           Judiciary)
          School Board Candidates Form DS-DE 25A
          Judicial Office Form DS-DE 26

Candidate Petition Cards Form DS-DE104 (English) Form DS-DE 104 (Spanish)

  1. Petition cards must be properly completed and signed by 1% of the eligible, registered voters within the District as of the last general election. (99.095 (2)(a), Florida Statutes)

  2. Petition forms are to be reproduced by the candidate. (99.095(2)(c), Florida Statutes)

Petition requirements, by office, are as follows:

County Judge 3634
County Council At-Large: 3634
County Council District 1:   707
County Council District 3:   768
County Council District 5:   704
School Board District 1:   739
School Board District 3:   781
School Board District 5:   677
Volusia Soil & Water Conservation District:     25
West Volusia Hospital Authority:     25

It is recommended that at least 15 – 20% more signatures be obtained to allow for those that do not meet eligibility requirements.

  • Candidates are encouraged to submit petitions periodically while they are being gathered.  However, the signed petitions must be submitted to the Supervisor of Elections Office for verification prior to NOON on April 2, 2018 for Judicial, State Attorney and Public Defender candidates and NOON, May 21, 2018 for all other candidates.

  • The Supervisor of Elections will notify you, in writing, whether the required number of signatures has been obtained prior to the first day of qualifying.

  • During the qualifying period you will submit the petition certification form, along with your qualifying papers to the Supervisor of Elections.

  • The Supervisor shall be paid in advance the sum of 10 cents for each signature checked. If you are unable to pay such charges without imposing an undue burden on personal resources or upon the resources otherwise available to you, you may file written certification of such inability given under oath to the supervisor and be entitled to have the signatures verified at no charge. (99.097, Florida Statutes)

  • If an undue burden oath has been filed and payment is subsequently made to any person to solicit signatures on a petition, the undue burden oath is no longer valid and a fee for all signatures previously submitted shall be paid by the candidate.

  • If you have submitted the required number of eligible signatures, you will not be required to pay the qualifying fee or party assessment and will be entitled to have your name printed on the ballot.

 

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