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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Attn: Candidate Services, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, FL 33619. Qualiifying checks may not be emailed, and should be mailed to this address.
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 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 from judicial candidates was noon on March 23, 2020. The petition deadline for all other candidates is noon on May 11, 2020. Please mail petitions and payment to Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Attn: Candidate Services, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, FL 33619.
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.