Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee has issued the following emergency rules concerning the Candidate Petition Process and Candidate Qualifying Papers in order to limit person-to-person contact.

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

Allows qualifying papers to be submitted by email thereby removing the requirement that qualifying papers be filed in person. Qualifying papers must be attached in .pdf format. Qualifying fees may be submitted by USPS mail or delivery service. Qualifying forms have been updated to reflect the notary statement accordingly.





Qualifying Dates

State Senator, State Representative, County, Special Districts
Noon, June 8, 2020 - Noon, June 12, 2020
City Candidates - Noon, June 8, 2020

Book Closing Date


Primary Election - July 20, 2020

Mail Ballot 'Send' Deadline

For absent stateside and overseas uniformed and civilian voters (45 days before election)
Primary Election - July 4, 2020

For domestic voters
(beginning 40 days prior to the election)
Primary Election - July 9, 2020

Early Voting Dates


Primary Election - August 3, 2020 - August 16, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Election Date

Primary Election - August 18, 2020


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