Candidate Information

To become an announced candidate for political office:
  • You must first file with the Supervisor of Elections office a Form DS-DE 9, which provides for an Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository. This must be filed before opening a campaign account. NO contributions are to be received and no expenditures made, or authorizing another to accept contributions or make expenditures on the candidate’s behalf.
  • Within 10 days, after filing Form DS-DE 9, each candidate must file Statement of Candidate Form DS-DE 84, indicating you have received, read and understand the requirements of Chapter 106, Florida Statutes.
  • File periodical campaign treasurer’s reports as outlined in chapter 106.07, Florida Statutes.
  • Meet specific legal requirements regarding campaign advertising and campaign financing.

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Municipal candidates DO NOT qualify with the Washington County Supervisor of Elections. Contact your town clerk.

Qualifying Procedures:

  • If you choose to qualify by the petition method for County office you must obtain signatures of one percent (1%) of total number registered voters at the last General Election. For local candidates in Washington County the number of petitions needed is 173.
  • If you choose to qualify by paying a qualifying fee, instead of by the petition method, a campaign check must be written for the total amount of the fee, made payable to Supervisor of Elections.
  • Qualifying fees for:
    • Major party candidates will be six percent (6%) of the annual salary of the office sought.
    • Nonpartisan office and candidates with no party affiliation will be four percent (4%) of the annual salary of the office sought.
    • Minor party candidates will be four percent (4%) of the annual salary of the office sought , unless the minor party chooses to assess the party fee, in which case it will be six percent (6%).
    • CDD candidates contact the Qualifying Officer of the Supervisor of Elections office.
  • Complete appropriate Financial Disclosure form.
  • Sign appropriate Loyalty Oath/Oath of Candidate form.
All documents must be filed with the Qualifying Officer of the Supervisor of Elections office.

Contact the Supervisor of Elections office at 850-638-6230, for additional information

The Washington County Supervisor of Elections office is a public entity subject to Chapter 119 of the Florida Statutes concerning public records. E-mail messages are covered under such laws and arethus subject to disclosure.Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.