State, multi-county, special district and judicial offices (except county court judges) qualify
with the Florida Division of Elections. Contact them at (850)245-6200 or visit their website.
Municipal candidates qualify with the City Clerk of Punta Gorda.
Contact them at (941) 575-3305 or visit their website.
To become an announced candidate for local or county 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 are to be made, or authorizing another to accept contributions or make expenditures on the candidate’s behalf before filing.
- Within 10 days, after filing Form DS-DE 9, each candidate must file Statement of Candidate Form DS-DE 84, acknowledging they have been provided access to, 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.
Further information can be found at http://election.dos.state.fl.us/
- 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 Charlotte County the number of petitions needed is 1,284 based on 128,323 registered voters in the 2016 General Election. This petition amount does not apply to Special District Candidates or Charlotte Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Contact the office of the Supervisor of Elections for petition requirements.
- 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%).
- Special District candidates contact the Qualifying Officer of the Supervisor of Elections office.
The above paperwork will be filed by a write-in candidate.
Florida Statutes, 99.021 and 99.061(4)a & b are very important statues regarding write-in candidates. They let you know that as a write-in, your name does not appear on the ballot and that you do not have any fees to pay.
All documents must be filed with the Qualifying Officer of the Supervisor of Elections office.
Contact Vinnie Treppiedi, Qualifying Officer at 941-833-5400, for an appointment or additional information