This section of our website provides you with the tools you need to run for office, based on the Florida Election Laws. If you have any problems accessing our information or have questions about the process you need to follow to become a candidate in Hillsborough County, please contact our Candidate Services Liaison at (813) 744-5900, ext. 4465.
OFFICES UP FOR ELECTION
The 2020 Primary Election will take place on August 18, 2020. The 2020 General Election will take place on November 3, 2020.
To find specific information on each of the offices up for election in 2020, click here.
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FILING FOR CANDIDACY
To become a candidate for elected office, you must file form DS-DE9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository, before accepting any contributions or making any campaign expenditures. You may not collect petitions until form DS-DE9 is filed with your filing officer. Within 10 days of filing form DS-DE9, you must file form DS-DE84, Statement of Candidate. Candidates for Judicial Office must within 10 days of filing form DS-DE9 also file form DS-DE83, Statement of Candidate for Judicial Office. Please click here for additional forms that you will need to file during your candidacy.
2020 QUALIFYING INFORMATION
Qualifying for County Court judges begins at noon on April 20, 2020 and ends at noon on April 24, 2020. Qualifying for all other candidates who qualify with Hillsborough County begins at noon on June 8, 2020 and ends at noon on June 12, 2020. Qualifying packets will be available from our office at that time.
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, made payable to the Supervisor of Elections. These fees are due the week of qualifying.
Qualifying By Petition
Information on petition requirements for 2020 can be found here. 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.
There are several helpful publications, developed by the State Division of Elections, to help guide you through your candidacy. As a candidate, it is your responsibility review the Candidate and Treasurer Handbook and Florida Election Code, which will help guide you through your candidacy.
Candidates who have filed form DS-DE9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository, are required to file regular financial reports, following the deadlines specified by the Florida Division of Elections:
Local candidates, please make sure to review the Online Financial Report Manual. All reports filed with our office must be submitted electronically. Our filing system allows you to enter information without using any additional software. However, you may click here to see a list of approved software vendors that are compatible with our electronic filing system.
COMPLAINTS & APPEALS
If you think someone is violating election law, you should file a complaint with the Florida Elections Commission.