When and Where to File Qualifying Papers
Qualifying is the final step that allows a candidate to have
his or her name on the ballot. Qualifying must be finalized during the assigned dates.
Municipal Candidates qualifying dates may vary according to municipal charters. Contact your municipality for dates.
U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, Circuit Court Judges, State Attorney and Public Defender Candidates
April 27, 2020 - NOON May 1, 2020
All federal, Statewide, Multi-county, County and District
NOON June 15, 2020 – NOON June 19, 2020
state, or multi county offices, you must file your qualifying papers
with the Department of State
Florida Division of Elections.
For county and
special district offices, you must file your qualifying papers in
the office of the Supervisor of Elections. Qualifying papers will
be accepted in our office at any time during the qualifying period during normal business
If my qualifying papers are filed
with an error or omission, will I be considered disqualified?
Pursuant to 99.061(7), Florida
Statutes, if the filing officer receives qualifying papers that do not
include all items required, the filing officer shall make a reasonable
effort to notify the candidate of the missing or incomplete items and
shall inform the candidate that all required items must be received by
the close of qualifying.
May 1, 2020 for U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, Circuit Court Judge, State Attorney and Public Defender
candidates and NOON, June 19, 2020 for all other candidates)
After filing as a candidate, may I later change the
way my name is to appear on the ballot?
Pursuant to 99.061(7)(b), Florida Statutes, a
candidate’s name as it is to appear on the ballot may not be changed
after the end of qualifying.
May I get my qualifying fee back if I decide not to
Yes, 99.092(1), Florida Statutes, provides for
reimbursement for the qualifying fee, provided that you withdraw your
candidacy before the qualifying period ends.
Is there an alternative method to qualify as a
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.
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