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How To Run For Office

Are you Ready to RunThe materials on this page should answer many of the questions you may have about filing and 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.
For more information, please contact our Candidate Services department at (813) 384-3944
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Candidates must qualify to run for office by submitting a qualifying fee and qualifying forms. The forms include a candidate oath and a financial disclosure form. 

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.

Qualifying Dates

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. More information, including the required forms, will be posted on this website at that time. For more efficient service, we encourage candidates to take advantage of the pre-qualifying period. (Forms and fees will then be processed on the first day of qualifying week.) Otherwise, all qualifying forms and fees (if applicable) must be submitted during the appropriate qualifying period: 

Judicial Candidates: Noon, April 20, 2020 – Noon, April 24, 2020

All Other Candidates: Noon, June 8, 2020 – Noon, June 12, 2020

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

Information on petition requirements for 2020 can be found here. The deadline for judicial candidates to submit petitions is noon on March 23, 2020. The petition deadline for all other candidates is noon on May 11, 2020. The qualifying fee is waived if you qualify by petition. More information about collecting candidate petitions can be found on the Campaign Guidelines page.

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

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

Fred B. Karl County Center (Main Office)

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.