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Filing & Qualifying for Office

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The materials on this page should answer many of the questions you may have about filing/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.

 

Schedule appointment All of our offices are open, but some staff members are working remotely. Our Candidate Services department can be reached at (813) 384-3944 or candidate@votehillsborough.gov.
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Qualifying

The information on this page applies to candidates for county office, who qualify with our office. Candidates for federal, state or multi-county offices should contact the Florida Division of Elections.

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 candidate@votehillsborough.gov or mailed to Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Attn: Candidate Services, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, FL 33619. Qualifying checks may not be emailed, and should be mailed to this address. 

ATTENTION: Recent law (s. 11 of Chapter 2021-11, Laws of Florida) requires a person seeking nomination as a candidate of a political party to be a member of that political party for the 365 days BEFORE the beginning of the applicable qualifying period. Additionally, the law requires a person seeking to qualify for office as a candidate with no party affiliation to not be a member of any political party for the 365 days BEFORE the beginning of the applicable qualifying period.

Qualifying Dates

Judicial Candidates: Noon, April 25, 2022 – Noon, April 29, 2022 (We will begin accepting qualifying documents on April 11, 2022, as per F.S. 99.061(8))

All Other Candidates: Noon, June 13, 2022 – Noon, June 17, 2022 (We will begin accepting qualifying documents on May 30, 2022, as per F.S. 99.061(8))

Qualifying Methods

Qualifying By Fee

Your 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. For additional information on qualifying fees, click here.

Qualifying By Petition

The qualifying fee is waived if you qualify by petition. For information about petition requirements and verification fees, click here

Petitions and payment can be mailed to or dropped off at Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Attn: Candidate Services, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, FL 33619.

For information about the offices up for election in 2022, click here.

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CONTACT



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

Fred B. Karl County Center

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  publicrecords@votehillsborough.gov or calling (813) 744-5900.