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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.


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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:

  • Emailed to
  • 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

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Candidates must qualify to run for office by submitting qualifying forms and a qualifying fee. In lieu of paying a qualifying fee, you may choose to qualify by petition or as a write-in candidate. Write-in candidates' names do not appear on the ballot.

Our office can begin accepting qualifying forms and fees during the pre-qualifying period, which takes place 14 days prior to the official qualifying dates.(Forms and fees will then be processed on the first day of qualifying week.) All qualifying forms and fees (if applicable) must be received no later than noon on the last day of the qualifying period. Qualifying forms may be emailed to or mailed to Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Attn: Candidate Services, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, FL 33619. Qualifying checks may not be emailed, and should be mailed to this address.

Qualifying Dates

Judicial Candidates: Noon, April 20, 2020 – Noon, April 24, 2020 (pre-qualifying begins April 6)

All Other Candidates: Noon, June 8, 2020 – Noon, June 12, 2020 (pre-qualifying begins May 26)

Qualifying Methods

Qualifying By Fee

Information on qualifying fees can be found here. 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, and signed by the treasurer. These fees are due the week of qualifying, but can be turned in during the pre-qualifying period. 

Qualifying By Petition

The qualifying fee is waived if you qualify by petition. The 2020 petition requirements can be found here. The deadline for us to receive petitions for all offices except the Special Election for State Senate District 20 has passed. Please bring or mail petitions and payment to Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Attn: Candidate Services, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, FL 33619. Petitions can also be emailed to in batches of 100. (Do not send petitions individually.)

More information about collecting candidate petitions can be found on the Campaign Guidelines page. Make sure to read this important emergency rule issued April 2, 2020: 

Emergency Rule 1SER20-2  - Candidate Petition Process

For information about the offices up for election in 2020, click here.

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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 or calling (813) 744-5900.