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Filing & Qualifying for Office

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The materials on this page should answer many of the questions you may have about filing/qualifying for office, but 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.

2020 QUALIFYING DEADLINE: Noon, June 12

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Schedule appointment The Gilder Elections Service Center is open by appointment. Our other offices are closed. Please contact our Candidate Services department at (813) 384-3944 or candidate@hcsoe.org.
 

The Department of State has issued an emergency rule in response to immediate danger to public health. Therefore, all candidate qualifying documents may be submitted one of two ways. (Click on the blue "qualifying" tab below to find the required qualifying documents and other information about qualifying.)

  • Emailed to candidate@hcsoe.org
  • Mailed to Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Attn: Candidate Services, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, FL 33619 (Make sure to let Candidate Services know by email or phone that you're sending something to the office.)

Qualifying checks may not be emailed and should be mailed to the address above. The pre-qualifying and qualifying dates described on this page remain in effect.

Please click on the links below to read the emergency rules:

Emergency Rule 1SER20-1 - Designation of Division of Elections as Filing Office for Department of State; Requirements for Candidate Qualifying Papers; Withdrawal of Candidacy.

Emergency Rule 1SER20-2  - Candidate Petition Process

Step 1
File
Step 2
Qualify

Required Forms

DS-DE 9 —  Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository

DS-DE 84  Statement of Candidate (attesting that you have read and understand campaign finance law)

DS-DE 83  Judicial Candidates only Statement of Candidate for Judicial Office (attesting you have read and understand the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct)

You must file form DS-DE9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, before opening your campaign account, accepting any contributions, making any campaign expenditures, or collecting petitions.

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.

Where To File

Where you file for candidacy depends on the office you’re seeking. 

If you’re running for a county office, you’ll file and qualify with us. 

If you’re running for a federal, state or multi-county seat, the Florida Division of Elections is your qualifying officer. 

For more details on the offices up for election, click here. For information on qualifying with the Division of Elections, click here

What Happens Next?

Once you file to run for office, you will be listed as a filed candidate here and you will log in here to file regular financial reports.. Please make sure to review Step 2, Qualify to learn what you need to do to become a qualified candidate. 

You can also visit our Candidate Dashboard for details on election dates, campaign signage guidelines, precinct information and more

Back to candidate dashboard

 

CONTACT



Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Main Phone: (813) 744-5900 Toll Free: (888) 297-4362 Email: Voter@hcsoe.org

Fred B. Karl County Center

601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor
Tampa, FL 33602
Tel: (813) 272-5850
Fax: (813) 272-7043

Robert L. Gilder Elections Service Center

2514 North Falkenburg Rd.
Tampa, FL 33619
Tel: (813) 744-5900
Fax: (813) 744-5843

Northwest Regional Office

4575 Gunn Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33624
 
 

Southeast Regional Office

10020 South U.S. Hwy. 301
Riverview, FL 33578

Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Voter registration applications and other written communications to or from the Supervisor of Elections are public records and are available to the public and media upon request unless the information is subject to a specific statutory exemption. Email addresses are also public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public records request, please do not email us. Instead, contact us by mail or phone, or visit us in person. To request public records, contact the communications department by emailing  voter@hcsoe.org or calling (813) 744-5900.