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.

While not required, if you are submitting paperwork or have questions about running for office, we encourage you to click on the button below and schedule an appointment. 


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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.

In addition to filing for office, all candidates must also qualify for the office they're seeking. Candidates have a qualifying period where they must provide their qualifying officer with the required qualifying documents and qualifying fee(if applicable) to secure their name on the ballot. 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 documents and fees may be hand delivered to any of our offices during business hours or mailed to Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, Attn: Candidate Services, 2514 N. Falkenburg Rd., Tampa, FL 33619. 

Qualifying Dates

Judicial Candidates: Noon, April 22, 2024 – Noon, April 26, 2024 (We will begin accepting qualifying documents and fees on April 8, 2024, as per F.S. 99.061(8))

The 2024 Judicial Qualifying Packet is now avaiable on our Qualifying Documents page.

All Other Candidates: Noon, June 10, 2024 – Noon, June 14, 2024 (We will begin accepting qualifying documents and fees on May 27, 2024, 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. Review the Qualifying Fee Fact Sheet for additional information.

Qualifying By Petition

The qualifying fee is waived if you qualify by petition. The number of petitions required varies by the office and is outlined on the 2024 Petition Fact Sheet. Review the Candidate Petition Handbook for more information about petition requirements and verification fees. 

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.


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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

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

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