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Become a Candidate / Committee

The information contained on this page is provided as voluntary information to assist prospective candidates and committees. It is the responsibility of the candidate or committee to become acquainted with Florida laws, rules, and opinions This link will direct you to an external website. , as well as applicable forms This link will direct you to an external website.  and publications This link will direct you to an external website.  for candidates and/or committees.

The Walton County Supervisor of Elections Office serves as the qualifying office for county and special district candidates within Walton County. Here are the qualifying locations.

If you are interested in becoming a federal, state, or multi-county candidate or committee, please contact the Florida Division of Elections This link will direct you to an external website. . If you are interested in becoming a municipal candidate or committee, please contact our office or the city clerk for more information. If you are interested in becoming a candidate for a political party office, please contact the political party This link will direct you to an external website. .

  • County & District Office Qualifying Week: Noon, Monday, June 8th - Noon, Friday, June 12th, 2020
  • County & District Office Petitions Due: Noon, Monday, May 11, 2020
  • County & District Office Deadline to Change Party for 2020 Qualifying (F.S. 99.021): June 16, 2019
    (365 days before qualifying)


Become a Candidate for a County Office:

 
An individual can announce intentions on running for a county office, but only becomes a candidate when the appropriate forms are pre-filed. Pre-filing also allows a candidate to open a campaign account, accept contributions, make expenditures, and collect petitions. If the individual wishes to become a candidate before the qualifying period, they may pre-file the Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository form (Form DS-DE 9 This link will direct you to an external website. ). The Statement of Candidate form (Form DS-DE 84 This link will direct you to an external website. ) should also be filed within 10 days of filing form DS-DE 9. Judicial Candidates must also file the Statement of Candidate for Judicial Office form (Form DS-DE 83 This link will direct you to an external website. ). After filing the DS-DE 9 form, candidates will begin filing campaign finance reports of contributions and expenditures. A reporting schedule This link will direct you to an external website.  is given to the candidate and reports must be filed before the deadlines or fines may be incurred. The Supervisor of Elections provides an online reporting system that helps with the reporting process.

A candidate may opt to collect petitions (Form DS-DE 104 This link will direct you to an external website. ) in lieu of paying qualifying fees, if the office sought allows it. Petition requirements for county offices are 1% of the registered voters within the county or district as of the last General Election. The deadline for petitions to be turned in is before the qualifying period begins. The Supervisor of Elections will certify that the required number of valid petitions have been received and that the signatures match those on file at a cost of 10 cents for each petition delivered. Fees may be waived if the candidate chooses to file an Affidavit of Undue Burden This link will direct you to an external website.  and follows other requirements.  

During the qualifying period, all forms must be filed and fees must be paid to certify the individual as a candidate. Qualifying forms This link will direct you to an external website.  vary depending on the office sought and other factors. Candidates for county office must also file the Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interests form (Form 6 This link will direct you to an external website. ). If candidates have already submitted the form for that year, they can just submit a copy of the form. Qualifying forms can be accepted and held by the Supervisor of Elections beginning 14 days before Qualifying Week.

Candidates will also need to pay the qualifying fees for the office sought, if the required number of valid petitions have not been certified by the Supervisor of Elections, and/or any other fees due, such as petition verification fees, before the end of the qualifying period.

The fee to qualify to run for office varies depending on the office sought and other factors. The qualifying fees are determined as follows:

  • Filing Fee = 3% of the previous year salary of the office sought 
  • Election Assessment = 1% of the previous year salary of the office sought 
  • Party Assessment (Partisan Candidates only) = 2% of the previous year salary of the office sought

For county offices, the qualifying fees must be paid with a campaign check drawn on the campaign account payable to the Supervisor of Elections. Contact the Elections Office for specific fee and salary amounts. 

An individual may also opt to qualify as a write-in candidate. A write-in candidate’s name will not be printed on the ballot. A blank space for voters to write in a qualified write-in candidate’s name will appear on the General Election ballot. A write-in candidate must qualify during the official qualifying period. A write-in candidate is not required to submit petitions or pay a qualifying fee.

If required, one’s current position or office must be resigned under the “resign to run” law This link will direct you to an external website. . See section 99.012, Florida Statutes for more information.  Also, the "Hatch Act This link will direct you to an external website. " may apply to certain individuals. 

Any person seeking to qualify for nomination as a candidate of any political party shall, at the time of subscribing to the oath or affirmation, state in writing that they have not been a registered member of any other political party for 365 days before the beginning of qualifying preceding the general election for which the person seeks to qualify. Any candidate who has changed parties within 365 days of the beginning of qualifying will be ineligible to qualify as a political party candidate, but is eligible to qualify with no party affiliation. See section 99.021, Florida Statutes for more information.

Pursuant to 99.061(7), Florida Statutes, if the filing officer receives qualifying papers that do not include all items required, the filing officer shall make a reasonable effort to notify the candidate of the missing or incomplete items and shall inform the candidate that all required items must be received by the end of the qualifying period.


Become a Candidate for a Special District Office:

 
An individual can announce intentions on running for a special district office, but only becomes a candidate when the proper forms are pre-filed. Pre-filing the appropriate forms also allows a candidate to open a campaign account, accept contributions, make expenditures, and collect petitions, if he or she wishes to do so. If the individual wishes to become a candidate before the qualifying period, they may pre-file the appropriate forms.

Special District candidates who DO NOT wish to collect contributions or make expenditures need only to complete an affidavit stating their intention PDF File in lieu of Forms DS-DE 9 This link will direct you to an external website. and DS-DE 84 This link will direct you to an external website. to become a candidate.

Special district candidates may file Form DS-DE 9 This link will direct you to an external website. , Appointment of Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository, if they intend to accept contributions or make expenditures for anything other than the qualifying fees or petition signature verification fees (Section 99.061, F.S.). A special district candidate can file the DS-DE 9 form at any time if they want to begin accepting contributions and making expenditures, even after the qualifying period ends. The Statement of Candidate form (Form DS-DE 84 This link will direct you to an external website. ) should also be filed within 10 days of filing form DS-DE 9. After filing the DS-DE 9 form, candidates will begin filing campaign finance reports of contributions and expenditures and will be subject to all provisions of Chapter 106 of the Florida Statutes. A reporting schedule This link will direct you to an external website.  is given to the candidate and reports must be filed before the deadlines or fines may be incurred. The Supervisor of Elections provides an online reporting system that helps with the reporting process.

A candidate may opt to collect petitions (Form DS-DE 104 This link will direct you to an external website. ) in lieu of paying qualifying fees, if the office sought allows it. Petition requirements for special district offices are 25 petitions from qualified voters within the district. The deadline for petitions to be turned in is before the qualifying period begins. The Supervisor of Elections will certify that the required number of valid petitions have been received and that the signatures match those on file at a cost of 10 cents for each petition delivered. Fees for petition verification for special district candidates may be paid in cash or by personal check. Fees may be waived if the candidate chooses to file an Affidavit of Undue Burden This link will direct you to an external website.  and follows other requirements. 

During the qualifying period, all forms must be filed and fees must be paid to certify the individual as a candidate. During the qualifying period, special district candidates need to have filed an affidavit stating their intention PDF File OR Forms DS-DE 9 This link will direct you to an external website. and DS-DE 84 This link will direct you to an external website. (within 10 days), the appropriate Candidate Oath This link will direct you to an external website. , and a Statement of Financial Interests (Form 1 This link will direct you to an external website. ) to run for special district office. If candidates have already submitted the Form 1 for that year, they can just submit a copy of the form. Qualifying forms can be accepted and held by the Supervisor of Elections beginning 14 days before Qualifying Week.

Candidates will also need to pay the $25 qualifying fee, if the 25 valid petitions have not been certified by the Supervisor of Elections, and/or any other fees due, such as petition verification fees, before the end of the qualifying period. The $25 qualifying fee can be paid in cash or by personal check. 

An individual may also opt to qualify as a write-in candidate. A write-in candidate’s name will not be printed on the ballot. A blank space for voters to write in a qualified write-in candidate’s name will appear on the General Election ballot. A write-in candidate must qualify during the official qualifying period. A write-in candidate is not required to submit petitions or pay a qualifying fee.

If required, one’s current position or office must be resigned under the “resign to run” law This link will direct you to an external website. . See section 99.012, Florida Statutes for more information.  Also, the "Hatch Act This link will direct you to an external website. " may apply to certain individuals. 

Pursuant to 99.061(7), Florida Statutes, if the filing officer receives qualifying papers that do not include all items required, the filing officer shall make a reasonable effort to notify the candidate of the missing or incomplete items and shall inform the candidate that all required items must be received by the end of the qualifying period.


Establishing a Local Committee:

 
Committees supporting or opposing countywide or less than county candidates and/or issues (except municipal) will file with the Supervisor of Elections. (For committees supporting or opposing statewide, legislative, or multi-county candidates and/or issues, contact the Florida Division of Elections This link will direct you to an external website.  for more information.

For more information about establishing a committee, please contact our office.   

Also, please review the committee forms This link will direct you to an external website.  and publications This link will direct you to an external website.  from the Florida Division of Elections.

 


Main Office: map This link will direct you to an external website.  
Walton County Courthouse
571 US Hwy 90 East, Suite 102
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
PHONE: (850) 892-8112 
FAX: (850) 892-8113
HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm                 

Branch Office: map This link will direct you to an external website.
Walton County Courthouse Annex
31 Coastal Centre Blvd, Suite 300
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
PHONE: (850) 622-0744
FAX: (850) 622-1291
HOURS: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm
 

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