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Qualifying Information

Webpage last updated: June 22, 2022

Qualifying Dates

Update June 17, 2022:  Qualifying for the 2022 Election Cycle is CLOSED. The following remains for informational purposes only.

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. Therefore, the last day for such person to make the applicable change is April 24, 2021, for the first qualifying period and June 12, 2021, for the second qualifying period in order for the person to meet the 365-day requirement.

1st QUALIFYING PERIOD:  State Attorney (6th and 20th Judicial Circuits), Public Defender (20th Judicial Circuit), Justice of Supreme Court, District Court of Appeal Judge, and Circuit Court Judge
  • Noon, Monday, April 25, 2022 – Noon, Friday, April 29, 2022
  • Note: The Division will begin accepting qualifying documents on April 11, 2022. See Section 99.061(8), F.S.
2nd QUALIFYING PERIOD:  U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, Governor, Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer, Commissioner of Agriculture, State Senator, State Representative, and Multi-County Special Districts
  • Noon, Monday, June 13, 2022 – Noon, Friday, June 17, 2022
  • Note: The Division will begin accepting qualifying documents on May 30, 2022. See Section 99.061(8), F.S.  While state offices are closed on Memorial Day, qualifying documents can still be placed in the secure drop-box  provided just inside the front lobby doors of the R.A. Gray Building located at 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 between the hours of 8 AM – 5 PM on May 30. State offices will reopen at 8 AM on May 31, 2022.

Note: The 2nd qualifying period and pre-qualifying submission period above also applies to COUNTY AND DISTRICT OFFICES. However, the qualifying paperwork must be submitted to the county Supervisor of Elections’ office as the qualifying officer. Please contact your county Supervisor of Elections for more information.

Qualifying In Year of Apportionment

Qualifying Materials

*Materials relating to the 2022 Cycle will be available soon. For 2020 Election Year Handbooks, go to the Publications Archive Page.

Qualifying Office

Below is the name, location and address of Florida’s qualifying office for U.S. President and Vice-President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Cabinet, State Senate, State House of Representatives, Judicial (except county judges), multi-county state offices (State Attorney and Public Defender), and multi-county special district candidates:

Department of State, Division of Elections
Bureau of Election Records
R.A. Gray Building, Room 316
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0250

Special Election Qualifying

Qualifying information for special elections can be found on our Special Elections page.