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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Florida. Offices included are:

This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Florida. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included. This page reflects research completed in April 2014.

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Year-specific dates

2014

See also: Florida elections, 2014

Florida held a primary election on August 26, 2014 and will hold a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The filing deadline for state attorney, public defender and federal candidates filing by petition method in the 2014 elections was March 31, 2014. If those candidates paid the filing fees instead of submitting petitions, their qualifying period began April 28, 2014 and ended May 2, 2014. For statewide and district candidates the petition filing deadline was May 19, 2014. If paying the filing fees, the qualifying period began on June 16, 2014 and ended June 20, 2014.[1][2] The suggested deadline to submit paperwork in order to create a new political party in time for the 2014 elections was May 15, 2014.[3] These deadlines, in addition to campaign finance reporting deadlines, are included in the table below.[4]

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Dates and requirements for candidates in 2014
Deadline Event type Event description
January 10, 2014 Campaign finance Monthly Report due
February 10, 2014 Campaign finance Monthly Report due
March 10, 2014 Campaign finance Monthly Report due
March 31, 2014 Ballot access Filing deadline for federal candidates submitting petitions
April 10, 2014 Campaign finance Monthly Report due
April 28, 2014 Ballot access Qualifying period begins for federal candidates paying filing fees
May 2, 2014 Ballot access Filing deadline for federal candidates paying filing fees
May 12, 2014 Campaign finance Monthly Report due
May 15, 2014 Ballot access Suggested deadline to file paperwork to create a new political party
May 19, 2014 Ballot access Filing deadline for statewide and district candidates submitting petitions
June 10, 2014 Campaign finance Monthly Report due
June 16, 2014 Ballot access Qualifying period begins for statewide and district candidates paying filing fees
June 20, 2014 Ballot access Filing deadline for statewide and district candidates paying filing fees
June 27, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and Biweekly Report due for non-statewide candidates
July 4, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates
July 10, 2014 Campaign finance Monthly Report due
July 11, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and Biweekly Report due for non-statewide candidates
July 18, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates
July 25, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and Biweekly Report due for non-statewide candidates
August 1, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and 25 Day Report due for non-statewide candidates
August 8, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and Biweekly Report due for non-statewide candidates
August 11, 2014 Campaign finance Monthly Report due
August 15, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and 11 Day Report due for non-statewide candidates
August 22, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and Biweekly Report due for non-statewide candidates
August 26, 2014 Election date Primary election date
August 29, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates
September 5, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and Biweekly Report due for non-statewide candidates
September 10, 2014 Campaign finance Monthly Report due
September 12, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates
September 19, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and Biweekly Report due for non-statewide candidates
September 26, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates
October 3, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and Biweekly Report due for non-statewide candidates
October 10, 2014 Campaign finance Monthly Report due
October 10, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and 25 Day Report due for non-statewide candidates
October 17, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and Biweekly Report due for non-statewide candidates
October 24, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and 11 Day Report due for non-statewide candidates
October 25, 2014 Campaign finance Daily Report due for statewide candidates
October 26, 2014 Campaign finance Daily Report due for statewide candidates
October 27, 2014 Campaign finance Daily Report due for statewide candidates
October 28, 2014 Campaign finance Daily Report due for statewide candidates
October 29, 2014 Campaign finance Daily Report due for statewide candidates
October 30, 2014 Campaign finance Daily Report due for statewide candidates
October 31, 2014 Campaign finance Weekly Report due for statewide candidates and Biweekly Report due for non-statewide candidates
November 4, 2014 Election date General election

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

Florida recognizes the most political parties in the country. As of January 2014, the state officially recognizes 15 political parties.[5] In order to be recognized by the state, a political party must fulfill certain requirements, which are detailed below in "Process to establish a political party."

Party Website link By-laws/platform link
Democratic Party link Party platform
Republican Party link Party mission statement
America's Party of Florida link Party constitution
Constitution Party of Florida link Party platform
Ecology Party of Florida link Party constitution
Florida Socialist Workers Party link
Green Party of Florida link Party constitution
Independence Party of Florida link Party principles
Independent Party of Florida link Party constitution
Justice Party of Florida link Party platform
Libertarian Party of Florida link Party bylaws
Party for Socialism and Liberation link
Peace and Freedom Party link Party mission statement
Reform Party of Florida link Party principles
Tea Party of Florida link Party constitution

In some states, a candidate may choose to have a label other than that of an officially recognized party appear alongside his or her name on the ballot. Such labels are called political party designations. A political party designation would be used when a candidate qualifies as an independent, but prefers to use a different label. Florida does not allow candidates to identify in this way. A total of 25 states allow candidates to use political party designations in non-presidential elections.

The 11 states listed below (and Washington, D.C.) do not provide a process for political organizations to gain qualified status in advance of an election. Instead, in these states, an aspirant party must first field candidates using party designations. If the candidate or candidates win the requisite votes, the organization may then be recognized as an official political party. In these states, a political party can be formed only if the candidate in the general election obtains a specific number of votes. The number of votes required and type of race vary from state to state. Details can be found on the state-specific requirements pages.[6]

Process to establish a political party

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Chapter 103 of the Florida Statutes

To be recognized as a minor party in Florida, a group consisting of more than one person must file a certificate and a copy of the minor party's constitution, bylaws, regulations and rules with the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections.[7] The certificate must include:[8]

  • The name of the minor party
  • The names and addresses of its current officers, including members of its executive committee
  • A completed statewide voter registration application for each current officer and member of the executive committee, showing their affiliation with the proposed minor party.

The copy of the minor party's constitution, bylaws, regulations and rules must provide procedures for the following:[8]

  • Prescribing membership
  • Conducting meetings
  • Notifying members of meetings in a timely manner
  • Publishing notice of meetings on its website in a timely manner
  • Electing officers
  • Removing officers
  • Making party nominations when required by law
  • Conducting campaigns for party nominees
  • Raising and expending party funds
  • Selecting delegates to a national convention, if applicable
  • Selecting presidential electors, if applicable
  • Altering or amending party documents

The members of the executive committee of the minor party must elect a chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer. Each of these positions must be filled by a member of the minor party, and no member may hold more than one office, except in the case of secretary and treasurer. One member may hold both of those positions.[8]

The minor party must notify the Division of Elections within five days of any changes to the original certificate filed.[8] Once its registration has been processed, the Division of Elections will send a letter to the minor party acknowledging its status. The minor party must then inform the Division of Elections whether or not it will collect party assessment fees from its candidates. If collected, party assessment fees are equal to two percent of the salary of the office sought by the candidate and must be paid with other fees at the time the candidate files.[7]

If five percent of the total registered electors of the state affiliate as members of a minor party by January 1 preceding a primary election, that minor party will be considered a major political party.[9] For an example of how many registered electors must affiliate, look to the table below.

Number of registered electors in 2012 general election Number of registered electors needed to affiliate with the party
11,934,446[10] 596,722

Process to become a candidate

Figure 1: This is the State of Candidate form for candidates running for election in Florida.
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DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Chapter 99 of the Florida Statutes

In Florida, candidates are not allowed to file for more than one office at a time if the terms of those offices run concurrently with each other. Thus, any elected public official wishing to run for office must resign if the term of that office will run concurrently with the office the official currently holds.[9]

Qualifying as a candidate

All candidates in Florida file in the same way, no matter if the candidate is a major party candidate, minor party candidate, or unaffiliated candidate. Write-in candidates do have a slightly different process of filing, which is detailed below in the write-in candidates section.

All qualifying paperwork and filing fees must be submitted to the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections during the qualifying period corresponding to the office sought. Qualifying periods are as follows:[2]

  • For candidates seeking federal office, state attorney or public defender, filing may begin after noon on the 120th day prior to the primary election but must be completed no later than noon on the 116th day before the primary election.
  • For candidates seeking state office, other than state attorney or public defender, filing may begin after noon on the 71st day before the primary election but must be completed no later than noon on the 67th day before the primary election.
  • During a year in which the Florida State Legislature apportions the state, all candidates must file during the qualifying period designated for those seeking state office.

Candidates must file a full and public disclosure of financial interests, a form designating their campaign treasurer and campaign depository, either their qualifying fees or in-lieu-of-fee petitions, and a candidate oath during the qualifying period.[2] The candidate oath must be administered by the qualifying officer and must be signed in its written form by both the candidate and the qualifying officer, affirming that:[11]

  • The candidate is a registered voter
  • The candidate is qualified to run for and hold the office sought
  • The candidate has not qualified for any other office in the state that runs for the same term as the office sought
  • The candidate has resigned from any other public office whose term would run at the same time as the office sought
  • The assessment fee has been paid
  • If running with a political party, that the candidate has not been a registered member of any other political party for 365 days before the beginning of the qualifying period.

Candidate filing fees

In Florida, candidates are required to pay a filing fee and an election assessment fee to the Division of Elections when qualifying. A party assessment fee may also have to be paid, if the party the candidate is running with elects to levy one. Filing fees are equal to three percent of the annual salary of the office sought, election assessments are equal to one percent of the annual salary of the office sought, and party assessments, if required, are equal to two percent of the annual salary of the office sought.[12] For an example of these fees, look to the table below.

2014 Candidate Qualifying Fees[13]
Office sought Total fees required from party candidates if party assessment is levied Total fees required from nonpartisan candidates and party candidates with no party assessment levied
U.S. Representative $10,440.00 $6,960.00
Governor $7,816.38 $5,210.92
Cabinet, such as Florida Chief Financial Officer, Attorney General, Commissioner of Agriculture $7,738.32 $5,158.88
State Senator and State Representative $1,781.82 $1,187.88
State Attorney or Public Defender $9,188.40 $6,125.60

Candidates are allowed to waive the required filing fees if they submit in-lieu-of-filing-fee petitions with signatures equal to at least one percent of the total number of registered voters of the geographical area represented by the office sought. Signatures for these petitions may not be collected until the candidate has filed the appointment of campaign treasurer and designation of campaign depository form, and the completed petitions must be filed by the 28th day preceding the first day of the qualifying period for the office sought. These petitions must be filed with the supervisor of elections in each county the petition was circulated in order to verify the signatures. The supervisor of elections in the county will then certify the number of valid signatures submitted to the Florida Division of Elections no later than seven days prior to the first day of the corresponding qualifying period.[14]

Write-in candidates

Write-in candidates are not entitled to have their names printed on any ballots, but a space is provided for voters to write in their names on the general election ballot. Candidates may not qualify as write-in candidates if they have qualified to run for public office by other means.[2]

Write-in candidates are required to file the candidate oath with the Florida Division of Elections.[11] This is due during the qualifying period for the office sought. However, write-in candidates are not required to pay any filing fees.[2]

At the time of qualifying, all write-in candidates must reside within the district represented by the office sought.[15]

Petition requirements

In some cases, political parties and/or candidates may need to obtain signatures via the petition process to gain ballot access. This section outlines the laws and regulations pertaining to petitions and circulators in Florida.

In Florida, petitions are used by candidates to waive filing fees. To do this, candidates are required to use Form DS-DE 104, Candidate Petition. If reproduced, the wording and format of this form must be kept exact. Signatures on a Candidate Petition are valid only for the next qualifying period for the office sought in an election immediately following that qualifying period. For example, a candidate seeking office in the 2014 general election could not start collecting signatures until after the 2012 qualifying period ended for that office.[16]

Candidates file their completed petitions with the supervisor of elections in the county in which the petitions were circulated.[17] When filing, candidates must pay in advance to have their petitions verified. They must either pay the sum of 10 cents per signature verified or the actual cost of checking each signature, whichever is less. Candidates may submit an Undue Burden Oath if they cannot afford to pay to have their petitions verified; however, if the candidate paid a circulator to circulate the petition, that candidate may not file an Undue Burden Oath.[18] Petition fees may be paid in any of the following ways:[16]

  • With a campaign check or the campaign's petty cash
  • The candidate may pay the verification fee with personal funds and report it as an in-kind donation or be reimbursed by the campaign.
  • Someone else may pay the verification fee and be reimbursed by the campaign.

There is nothing in the Florida Statutes that prohibits a candidate from paying a circulator to collect signatures for the candidate's petition.[16] However, the statutes do not address any requirements of the circulators. Specifically, there are no residency requirements for circulators.

Campaign finance

Figure 2: This is an Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository form for candidates in Florida.

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Chapter 106 of the Florida Statutes

The campaign finance reporting process for candidates seeking state office in Florida is outlined below. Candidates seeking federal office must file with the Federal Election Commission. Reporting details for federal candidates are not included in this section.

Getting started

Before candidates can qualify for office, accept contributions or make expenditures, they must designate a campaign treasurer and campaign depository. To do this, they must file an Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository form with the Florida Department of State, Division of Elections. On this form, candidates must indicate which office they are seeking. However, candidates may change the office sought as long as they notify the Division of Elections and offer to return pro rata any contributions received for the original office sought.[19]

Within 10 days after filing the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository form, candidates must file a statement with the Division of Elections indicating they have read and understand the rules and requirements for campaign finance reporting.[20]

Campaign treasurers

No contributions or expenditures, including personal funds used by the candidate, may be accepted or made for the campaign unless those funds have gone through the candidate's appointed campaign treasurer. Candidates may appoint themselves as treasurer and may also appoint a number of deputy treasurers to help with the reporting process. Deputy treasurers are allowed to do everything a campaign treasurer can, as long as they have been authorized to do so by the campaign treasurer and the candidate. Statewide candidates may have as many as 15 deputy treasurers. All other candidates may have no more than three. The names and addresses of all deputy treasurers must be filed with the Division of Elections.[19][21]

Campaign treasurers are responsible for receiving and reporting all contributions, but before they can do that, they must file a written letter of acceptance of the position with the Division of Elections. Any appointed deputy treasurers must also file a letter of acceptance.[19][21][22]

In case of the death, resignation, or removal of a campaign treasurer, the candidate must appoint and certify a successor with the Division of Elections. No resignation of a campaign treasurer will be considered effective until written notice has been given to the candidate and a copy has been filed with the Division of Elections. The same is true for the removal of a campaign treasurer. Such removal will not be considered effective until written notice has been given to the campaign treasurer and a copy filed with the Division of Elections.[19]

Campaign depositories

In addition to the campaign depository named in the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository form, candidates may also designate one secondary depository in each county in which an election is held involving the office sought by the candidate. Secondary depositories must be used for the sole purpose of forwarding funds to the primary depository. Any bank, savings and loan association or credit union authorized to transact business in Florida may be designated as a campaign depository. The candidate must file the name and address of all depositories with the Division of Elections.[19]

Campaign treasurers may deposit any funds in the primary depository that are not currently being used into a separate interest-bearing account or certificate of deposit in any bank, savings and loan association or credit union authorized to transact business in the state. Such an account must be kept separate from any personal accounts, and any withdrawal of the funds in the account, whether principal or interest, must be deposited back into the primary depository for the campaign and must be reported as a contribution.[19]

Reporting

Reports

All campaign finance reports must be filed through the Division of Elections Electronic Filing System (EFS).[23] The Electronic Filing System can be found here.

Funds received by the campaign treasurer must be deposited in one of the designated campaign depositories within five business days.[24] Treasurers must keep recorded accounts of all contributions and expenditures related to the campaign current within two days of any changes. All campaign accounts may be inspected under reasonable circumstances before, during or after the election by any authorized representative of the Division of Elections. Accounts kept by the campaign treasurer must be kept for a number of years equal to the term of the office sought by the candidate.[22]

In addition to keeping current accounts of campaign finances, campaign treasurers must file regular reports with the Division of Elections. For details on these reports, look to the table below.[4]

Report Filed by Covers Due date
Monthly Reports All candidates All financial transactions related to the campaign during each calendar month starting from the time the campaign treasurer is appointed 10th day of the month following the month covered in the report, unless that day falls on a weekend or holiday, then the next business day
Biweekly Reports Non-statewide candidates All financial transactions related to the campaign starting on the 60th day before the primary and continuing until the Friday before the general election Every other Friday
Weekly Reports Statewide candidates All financial transactions related to the campaign starting on the 60th day before the primary and continuing until the Friday before the general election Every Friday
25th Day Reports Non-statewide candidates Any financial transactions related to the campaign between the last filed report and the 25th day before a primary or general election 25th day before a primary or general election
11th Day Reports Non-statewide candidates Any financial transactions related to the campaign between the last filed report and the 11th day before a primary or general election 11th day before a primary or general election
Daily Reports Statewide candidates Any financial transactions related to the campaign occurring each day, starting the 10th day preceding the general election through the 5th day preceding it The 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th, 6th and 5th days before the general election

All reports are due by midnight of the due date.[23] The following must be included for each reporting period:[4]

  • Name, address and occupation of each person who has made one or more contributions, with the amount and date of each contribution. If the person is a corporation, a description of the principal type of business conducted by the corporation must also be reported.
  • Name and address of any political committee that transferred funds to or from the candidate, with the amounts and dates of all transfers.
  • Name, address, occupation and principal place of business of any lenders or endorsers of loans to the campaign, with the date and amount of such loans.
  • A statement of each contribution, rebate, refund, or other receipt not otherwise listed.
  • Sum of all loans, in-kind contributions and other receipts for the campaign.
  • Name and address of each person to whom expenditures were made, including personal services, salaries and reimbursements, with the amount, date and purpose of each expenditure. Expenditures made from the petty cash fund do not need to be reported individually.
  • Total amount withdrawn and spent for petty cash purposes.
  • Sum of all expenditures made.
  • Amount and nature of any debts and obligations owed.
  • Transaction information for each credit card purchase.
  • Amount and nature of any separate interest-bearing accounts or certificates of deposit and identification of the financial institution in which such accounts or certificates of deposit are located.

The candidate and campaign treasurer are responsible for the correctness of each report and must certify their belief in the correctness of the report upon filing.[4]

If no funds have been received or spent during a reporting period, the report for that period does not have to be filed. The campaign treasurer does have to notify the Division of Elections in writing that no report will be filed and must indicate on the next filed report that it covers the entire period between the last filed report and the one being filed.[4]

Fines

Reports not filed by the due date are subject to fines, as detailed in the table below.[21]

Number of days late Amount of fine
One to three $50 per day late
Four or more $500 per day late, not to exceed 25 percent of the total receipts or expenditures covered by that report, whichever is greater
Any number of days late for reports due immediately preceding a primary or general election $500 per day late, not to exceed 25 percent of the total receipts or expenditures covered by that report, whichever is greater

Fines must be paid to the Division of Elections within 20 days after receiving notice of the payment due.[4]

Disposing of funds

Candidates who withdraw their candidacy, become unopposed, are eliminated in an election or elected to office can no longer accept contributions and must dispose of all campaign funds within 90 days. If such candidates filed an Undue Burden Oath to waive the signature verification fee for filing petitions, that fee must be paid first from excess funds. Remaining funds can be disposed of in any of the following ways:[25]

  • The candidate may be reimbursed for personal funds added to the campaign fund.
  • Funds may be returned to contributors, pro rata.
  • Funds may be donated to charitable or tax-exempt organizations.
  • Up to $25,000 may be given to the political party of which the candidate is a member.
  • Funds may be given to the state to be deposited in either the Election Campaign Financing Trust Fund or the General Revenue Fund, as designated by the candidate.

Candidates elected to office may also dispense campaign funds by transferring a certain amount of the funds to an office fund. The amount of funds allowed to be transferred depends on the office sought.[25]

  • Statewide candidates may transfer up to $50,000 (Governor and Lieutenant Governor are considered separate offices in this case).
  • Multi-county offices may transfer up to $10,000.
  • State legislative office may transfer up to $10,000 multiplied by the number of years of the term of office.

Candidates elected to office may also maintain up to $20,000 in their campaign account for the purpose of re-election. However, if they do not qualify to run for re-election, those funds must be disposed of within 90 days.[25]

Once funds have been disposed of, candidates must file a report, signed by both the candidate and campaign treasurer, detailing the following:[25]

  • Name and address of any person or unit of government to whom funds were distributed, as well as the amount of funds distributed.
  • Name and address of each person to whom an expenditure was made, with the amount and purpose of the expenditure.
  • Name and address of the bank, savings and loan association or credit union in which funds were transferred to an office account, as well as the amount transferred.
  • Name and address of the bank, savings and loan association or credit union in which funds were retained for future campaigns for the same office, as well as the amount retained.

Contribution limits

In addition to reporting requirements, candidates are subject to contribution limits, including the following:

  • In Florida, corporations are allowed to donate to candidates because they are considered by definition a "person."[21][26] Thus, no person, including corporations, or political committees may make contributions in excess of the following amounts per election:[27]
  • Candidates may not receive contributions starting five days before an election and continuing through the election date. Any contribution received after this time must be returned to the contributor.[27]
  • Anonymous contributions should be reported, but not spent. After the campaign, they must be disbursed with other excess funds.[21]
  • No person may make any contribution in the name of another person.[27]
  • Candidates may not solicit contributions from any religious, charitable, or civic causes or organizations established primarily for the public good. They are also prohibited from making contributions to these organizations in exchange for political support.[27]
  • Cash contributions, including contributions made by cashier's check, may not exceed $50 per election.[28]
  • Candidates cannot accept contributions in excess of $50,000 in aggregate total from county executive committees of political parties and cannot accept contributions exceeding an aggregate total of $50,000 from national or state executive committees of political parties. Total contributions from executive committees or other subordinate or affiliated committees from political parties may not exceed $250,000.[27]

Election-related agencies

See also: State election agencies

Candidates running for office may require some form of interaction with the following agencies:

Florida Division of Elections

Why: This agency receives and processes candidate filing paperwork.
Room 316, R. A. Gray Building
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250
Telephone: (850) 245-6200
Fax: (850) 245-6217
Email: DivElections@dos.state.fl.us
http://election.dos.state.fl.us/

Counties

See also: Counties in Florida

Though all candidate paperwork is filed at the state level, candidates running by petition method must have their petitions verified by Florida's counties. Those petitions would then be filed with the state. Individual county contact information can be found below.

Florida county contact information
County Email Phone number Fax number Website Physical address Mailing address
Alachua County pwc@alachuacounty.us (352) 374-5252 (352) 374-5264 link 111 Southeast 1st Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
Baker County vote@bakercountyfl.org (904) 259-6339 (904) 259-2799 link 32 North 5th Street, Suite A, Macclenny, FL 32063 P O Box 505, Macclenny, FL 32063
Bay County baysuper@bayvotes.org (850) 784-6100 (850) 784-6141 link 830 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401
Bradford County bradsoe@bradford-co-fla.org (904) 966-6266 (904) 966-6165 link 945 N Temple Ave. Ste C, Starke, FL 32091 P O Box 58, Starke, FL 32091
Brevard County soe@votebrevard.com (321) 264-6740 (321) 264-6741 link 2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg C, Melbourne, FL 32940 P O Box 410819, Melbourne, FL 32941 -0819
Broward County Elections@browardsoe.org (954) 357-7050 (954) 357-7070 link 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 102, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 P O Box 029001, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302 -9001
Calhoun County soecalco@fairpoint.net (850) 674-8568 (850) 674-2449 link 20859 Central Avenue East, Room 117, Blountstown, FL 32424
Charlotte County soe@charlottevotes.com (941) 833-5400 (941) 833-5422 link 226 Taylor Street, Unit 120, Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Citrus County vote@elections.citrus.fl.us (352) 341-6740 (352) 341-6749 link 120 North Apopka Avenue, Inverness, FL 34450
Clay County cchambless@clayelections.com (904) 269-6350 (904) 284-0935 link 500 N. Orange Ave., P O Box 337, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043
Collier County supervisorofelections@colliergov.net (239) 252-8450 (239) 774-9468 link Rev Dr MLK Bldg, 3295 Tamiami Trl E, Naples, FL 34112
Columbia County election@votecolumbia.com (386) 758-1026 (386) 755-7233 link 971 W. Duval Street, Suite 102, Lake City, FL 32055
DeSoto County mnegley@votedesoto.com (863) 993-4871 (863) 993-4875 link 201 East Oak Street, Suite 104, Arcadia, FL 34266 P O Box 89, Arcadia, FL 34265
Dixie County dixiecountysoe@bellsouth.net (352) 498-1216 (352) 498-1218 link 214 NE 351 HWY, Suite B, Cross City, FL 32628 P O Box 2057, Cross City, FL 32628
Duval County jholland@coj.net (904) 630-1414 (904) 630-2920 link 105 East Monroe Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202
Escambia County soe@escambiavotes.com (850) 595-3900 (850) 595-3914 link 213 Palafox Place, 2nd Floor, Pensacola, FL 32502 P O Box 12601, Pensacola, FL 32591
Flagler County kweeks@flaglerelections.com (386) 313-4170 (386) 313-4171 link 1769 E. Moody Blvd., Building 2, Suite 101, Bunnell, FL 32110 P O Box 901, Bunnell, FL 32110
Franklin County icelliott@votefranklin.com (850) 653-9520 (850) 653-9092 link 47 Avenue F, Apalachicola, FL 32320
Gadsden County info@gadsdensoe.com (850) 627-9910 (850) 627-6144 link 16 South Madison Street, Quincy, FL 32351 P O Box 186, Quincy, FL 32353 -0186
Gilchrist County elections@gilchrist.fl.us (352) 463-3194 (352) 463-3196 link 112 South Main Street, Room 128, Trenton, FL 32693
Glades County hollywhiddon@embarqmail.com (863) 946-6005 (863) 946-0313 link 500 Avenue J, Moore Haven, FL 33471 P O Box 668, Moore Haven, FL 33471
Gulf County gulfsoe@fairpoint.net (850) 229-6117 (850) 229-8975 link 401 Long Ave., Port St Joe, FL 32456
Hamilton County elect@windstream.net (386) 792-1426 (386) 792-3205 link 1153 US Hwy 41 NW Suite 1, Jasper, FL 32052
Hardee County hardeesoe@comcast.net (863) 773-6061 (863) 773-6813 link 311 N. 6th Ave., Wauchula, FL 33873
Hendry County supervisor@hendryelections.org (863) 675-5230 (863) 675-7803 link 25 East Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, FL 33935 P O Box 174, LaBelle, FL 33975
Hernando County shirleyanderson@hernandocounty.us (352) 754-4125 (352) 754-4425 link 20 North Main Street, Room 165, Brooksville, FL 34601
Highlands County soe@votehighlands.com (863) 402-6655 (863) 402-6657 link 580 South Commerce Ave, Room A201, Sebring, FL 33870 P O Drawer 3448, Sebring, FL 33871 -3448
Hillsborough County clatimer@hcsoe.org (813) 272-5850 (813) 272-7043 link County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 16th Floor, Tampa, FL 33602
Holmes County debbie@holmeselections.com (850) 547-1107 (850) 547-4168 link 201 North Oklahoma Street, Ste 102, Bonifay, FL 32425
Indian River County info@voteindianriver.com (772) 226-3440 (772) 770-5367 link 4375 43rd Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Jackson County email@jacksoncountysoe.org (850) 482-9652 (850) 482-9102 link 2851 Jefferson Street, Marianna, FL 32448 P O Box 6046, Marianna, FL 32447
Jefferson County soejeffersonco@aol.com (850) 997-3348 (850) 997-6958 link 380 West Dogwood Street, Monticello, FL 32344
Lafayette County lafayettesoe@gmail.com (386) 294-1261 (386) 294-2164 link 120 W. Main Street, RM 129, Mayo, FL 32066 P O Box 76, Mayo, FL 32066
Lake County elections@co.lake.fl.us (352) 343-9734 (352) 343-3605 link 315 West Main Street, Tavares, FL 32778 P O Box 457, Tavares, FL 32778
Lee County sharrington@leeelections.com (239) 533-8683 (239) 533-6310 link 2480 Thompson Street, Fort Myers, FL 33902 P O Box 2545, Fort Myers, FL 33902
Leon County Vote@leoncountyfl.gov (850) 606-8683 (850) 606-8601 link 315 South Calhoun Street, Suite 110, Tallahassee, FL 32301 P O Box 7357, Tallahassee, FL 32314 -7357
Levy County elections@votelevy.com (352) 486-5163 (352) 486-5146 link 421 South Court Street, Bronson, FL 32621
Liberty County vote@libertyelections.com (850) 643-5226 (850) 643-5648 link 10818 NW SR 20 Courthouse, Bristol, FL 32321 P O Box 597, Bristol, FL 32321
Madison County thardee@votemadison.com (850) 973-6507 (850) 973-3780 link 239 SW Pinckney St., Madison, FL 32340
Manatee County info@votemanatee.com (941) 741-3823 (941) 741-3820 link 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 108, Bradenton, FL 34205 P O Box 1000, Bradenton, FL 34206 -1000
Marion County Elections@VoteMarion.com (352) 620-3290 (352) 620-3286 link 981 NE 16th Street, Ocala, FL 34478 P O Box 289, Ocala, FL 34478
Martin County elections@martinvotes.com (772) 288-5637 (772) 288-5765 link 135 SE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Stuart, FL 34994 P O Box 1257, Stuart, FL 34995
Miami-Dade County coop2@miamidade.gov (305) 499-8683 (305) 468-2507 link 2700 NW 87th Ave, Miami, FL 33172 P O Box 521550, Miami, FL 33152 -1550
Monroe County info@keys-elections.org (305) 292-3416 (305) 292-3406 link 530 Whitehead Street, Suite 101, Key West, FL 33040
Nassau County vcannon@votenassau.com (904) 491-7500 (904) 432-1400 link 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 3, Yulee, FL 32097
Okaloosa County plux@co.okaloosa.fl.us (850) 689-5600 (850) 598-5644 link 302 Wilson St N., Suite 102, Crestview, FL 32536
Okeechobee County soe@voteokeechobee.com (863) 763-4014 (863) 763-0152 link 304 NW 2nd Street, Rm 144, Okeechobee, FL 34972
Orange County voter@ocfelections.com (407) 836-2070 (407) 254-6596 link 119 West Kaley Street, Orlando, FL 32806 P O Box 562001, Orlando, FL 32856 -2001
Osceola County maryjane@voteosceola.com (407) 742-6000 (407) 742-6001 link 2509 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34744
Palm Beach County susanbucher@pbcelections.org (561) 656-6200 (561) 656-6287 link 240 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415 P O Box 22309, West Palm Beach, FL 33416 -2309
Pasco County webcomment@pascovotes.com (352) 521-4302 (352) 521-4319 link 14236 6th Street, Suite 200, Dade City, FL 33523 P O Box 300, Dade City, FL 33526 -0300
Pinellas County election@votepinellas.com (727) 464-6108 (727) 464-6239 link 13001 Starkey Road, Largo, FL 33773
Polk County loriedwards@polkelections.com (863) 534-5888 (863) 534-5899 link 250 South Broadway Avenue, Bartow, FL 33830 P O Box 1460, Bartow, FL 33831 -1460
Putnam County electionsoffice@putnam-fl.com (386) 329-0224 (386) 329-0455 link 2509 Crill Ave, Suite 900, Palatka, FL 32177
Santa Rosa County villane@santarosa.fl.gov (850) 983-1900 (850) 626-7688 link 6495 Caroline Street, Suite F, Milton, FL 32570
Sarasota County kdent@sarasotavotes.com (941) 861-8600 (941) 861-8609 link 101 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236 P O Box 4194, Sarasota, FL 34230 -4194
Seminole County ertel@voteseminole.org (407) 708-7700 (407) 708-7705 link 1500 E. Airport Blvd., Sanford, FL 32771 P O Box 1479, Sanford, FL 32773 -1479
St. Johns County elections@votesjc.com (904) 823-2238 (904) 823-2249 link 4455 Avenue A, Suite 101, St. Augustine, FL 32095
St. Lucie County elections@slcelections.com (772) 462-1500 (772) 462-1439 link 4132 Okeechobee Rd, Fort Pierce, FL 34947
Sumter County Kkrauss@sumterelections.org (352) 569-1540 (352) 569-1541 link 900 N. Main St., Bushnell, FL 33513
Suwanee County gwilliams@suwanneevotes.com (386) 362-2616 (386) 364-5185 link 220 Pine Ave., S.W., Live Oak, FL 32064
Taylor County taylorelections@gtcom.net (850) 838-3515 (850) 838-3516 link 108 North Jefferson Street, Suite 202, Perry, FL 32347 P O Box 1060, Perry, FL 32348 -1060
Union County debbie.osborne@unionflvotes.com (386) 496-2236 (386) 496-1535 link 175 West Main Street, Lake Butler, FL 32054
Volusia County amcfall@volusia.org (386) 736-5930 (386) 822-5715 link 125 W. New York Ave., DeLand, FL 32720
Wakulla County hwells@mywakulla.com (850) 926-7575 (850) 926-8104 link 3115-B Crawfordville Hwy, Crawfordville, FL 32327 P O Box 305, Crawfordville, FL 32326 -0305
Walton County bbeasley@co.walton.fl.us (850) 892-8112 (850) 892-8113 link 571 US Hwy 90 E, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
Washington County crudd@wcsoe.org (850) 638-6230 (850) 638-6238 link 1331 South Blvd, Suite 900, Chipley, FL 32428

Term limits

Florida state executives and legislators are term-limited. These limits were established by Revision No. 11 proposed by the Florida Constitution Revision Commission and adopted in 1998 and by Amendment 9, which was passed by voters in 1992.

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits

The state executive term limits in Florida are as follows:[29]

There are no state executives that are term-limited in 2014.

State legislators

See also: State legislatures with term limits

A politician in Florida can serve in the state legislature for eight years, serving either four two-year terms in the Florida House of Representatives or two four-year terms in the Florida State Senate.[30]

2014

See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2014 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2014

A total of 19 state legislators will be termed out in 2014.

Name Party Chamber District
Don Gaetz Ends.png Republican Senate District 1
Arthenia Joyner Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 19
Jeremy Ring Electiondot.png Democratic Senate District 29
Jimmy Patronis Ends.png Republican House District 6
Charles McBurney Ends.png Republican House District 16
Bryan Nelson Ends.png Republican House District 31
Robert Schenck Ends.png Republican House District 35
Will Weatherford Ends.png Republican House District 38
Seth McKeel Ends.png Republican House District 40
Stephen Precourt Ends.png Republican House District 44
Betty Reed Electiondot.png Democratic House District 61
Ed Hooper Ends.png Republican House District 67
Doug Holder Ends.png Republican House District 74
Matt Hudson Ends.png Republican House District 80
Perry Thurston Electiondot.png Democratic House District 94
James Waldman Electiondot.png Democratic House District 96
Elaine Schwartz Electiondot.png Democratic House District 99
Joseph Gibbons Electiondot.png Democratic House District 100
Eduardo Gonzalez Ends.png Republican House District 111

2012

See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012

A total of 22 state legislators were termed out in 2012.

2010

See also: Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2010 and Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2010

A total of 30 state legislators were termed out in 2010.

Congressional partisanship

Portal:Congress
See also: List of United States Representatives from Florida and List of United States Senators from Florida

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Florida:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Florida
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 1 10 11
     Republican Party 1 16 17
TOTALS as of October 2014 2 26 28

State legislative partisanship

Portal:State legislatures

Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Florida:

State Senate

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 14
     Republican Party 26
Total 40

State House

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 45
     Republican Party 74
     Vacancy 1
Total 120


See also

External links

Official state and federal links

Forms

News

Other information

References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Florida Statutes, "Title IX, Chapter 99, Section 061," accessed December 2, 2014
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  13. Florida Division of Elections, "2014 Qualifying Fees," accessed March 10, 2014
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  15. Florida Statutes, "Title IX, Chapter 99, Section 0615," accessed March 10, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Florida Department of State Division of Elections, "Candidate Petition Handbook," Updated September 2013
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  18. Florida Statutes, "Title IX, Chapter 99, Section 097," accessed March 11, 2014
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  26. Florida Statutes, "Title IX, Chapter 106, Section 11," accessed March 12, 2014
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  28. Florida Statutes, "Title IX, Chapter 106, Section 09," accessed March 12, 2014
  29. Florida Constitution, "Article IV, Section 5," accessed November 6, 2013
  30. Florida Department of State Division of Elections, "Limited Political Terms In Certain Elective Offices, Ballot Summary, " accessed November 6, 2013