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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

Candidates must qualify to run for office by submitting qualifying forms and a qualifying fee. In lieu of paying a qualifying fee, candidates 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 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. 

It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure that he or she files all required forms and timely completes the candidate qualifying proccess. 

JUNE 12, 2021 - Deadline for Candidate party changes for the 2022 election cycle. 

Section 99.021 F.S. – The person has been a registered member of the political party for which he or she is seeking nomination as a candidate for 365 days before the beginning of qualifying preceding the general election for which the person seeks to qualify.

This includes persons seeking to qualify for office as a candidate with no party affiliation.

Additionally, any person seeking to qualify for office as a candidate with no party affiliation shall, at the time of subscribing to the oath or affirmation, state in writing that he or she is registered without any party affiliation and that he or she has not been a registered member of any political party for365 days before the beginning of the qualifying preceding the general election for which the person seeks to qualify.


Qualifying Forms


DS-DE 303JU - Judicial Office Candidate Oath

Form 6 - Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interests (for previous calendar year)

County and School Board

DS-DE 301SL - Candidate Oath: State and Local Partisan Office.

DS-DE 302NP - Nonpartisan Office

DS-DE 304SB - School Board Nonpartisan Office

Form 6 - Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interests (for previous calendar year)

Special District

Affidavit of Intention Special District Candidate

DS-DE 302NP - Candidate Oath - Nonpartisan Office

Form 1 - Statement of Financial Interests (for previous calendar year)

Qualifying Dates

Judicial Candidates

Noon, April 25, 2022 - Noon April 29, 2022

*Note: Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning
Noon, April 11, 2022 pursuant to Section 99.061 and 105.031, F.S.


All Other Candidates

Noon, June 13, 2022 - Noon, June 17, 2022

*Note: Qualifying papers will be accepted beginning 
Noon, May 30 , 2022, pursuant to Section 99.061, F.S.

Qualifying by Fee

Information on qualifying fees will be available after July 1, 2021. Your qualifying fee must be paid using a check drawn from 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. 

List of Fees for County Offices

Candidate Information Guide  (Temp. Unavailable)

Qualifying by Petition

 As an alternative to paying the qualifying fee, a pre-qualified candidate may qualify by means of the petitioning process. 

Candidate Petition Certification Procedure 

Candidate Petition Form (DS-DE 104)

English PDF

Español PDF

If you choose to qualify by the petition method for County Office, you must obtain signatures of 1% of the total number of registered voters at the last general election. For local candidates in Hernando County, the number of petitions needed is 1,469 based on the 146,893 registered voters in the 2020 General Election. A campaign check made payable to Shirley Anderson, Supervisor of Elections for $146.89 must be written before petitions can be validated. 

Petition Verification Fee

There is a fee of 10 cents per signature or the actual cost of checking such signatures, whichever is less, to be paid in advance to the supervisor of elections for the cost of verifying the signature. The payment must be made with a campaign check with the exception of special district candidates who choose not to open a campaign account pursuant to F.S. 99.061(3).

Petition Deadline

The deadline for accepting candidate petitions is noon of the 28th day before the first day of the qualifying period for the office sought. 

For the 2022 Election Cycle:

Judicial: Noon - March 28th, 2022

All other Candidates: Noon - May 16th, 2022

Undue Burden

If such charges impose an undue burden on the candidates's resources, the candidate may file an Undue Burden Affidavit and the fee will be waived, pursuant to F.S. 99.097(4).

Affidavit of Undue Burden will be filed prior to the time petitions are submitted for verification.

Affidavit of Undue Burden - Form DS-DE 19D



For additional information on candidate qualifying, please visit the: Florida Division of Elections Website 


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