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Petition Method

Candidates may either pay a qualifying fee or choose to run by the petition method. The petition method allows a candidate to obtain a position on the ballot by gathering valid petitions signed by at least 1% of the total number of registered voters in their district for the last preceding general election (2018) rather than paying the qualifying fee. If the candidate is running for an office that requires a group or district designation, the petition must indicate that designation and if it does not, the signatures are not valid.

  • County Commissioners run countywide and petition requirements are based on countywide voter registration totals. Their requirements are not affected due to apportionment since all voters are eligible to sign their petitions.
  • School Board Members are single-member districts and are voted on only by the voters of their district. Their petition requirements are based on district numbers.
  • Special Districts and Community Development Districts petition requirements are uniform and each are required to obtain 25 signatures of voters in the geographical area represented by the office sought.
  • Municipal candidates qualify under the provisions of their respective city charters.

County Commission & School Board Candidates

Signatures Required Based on District Dist 1 Dist 2 Dist 3 Dist 4 Dist 5 County
Number of Voters 39,652 33,786 35,223 44,993 33,471 187,125
Signatures Required 397 338 353 450 335 1,873

Pursuant to s. 99.097(4), F.S. payment for verification of signatures on petitions must be made in advance, Contact the Elections Office for details.

Deadline for submitting candidate petitions for verification:

  • Representative in Congress, Judicial, State Attorney, and Public Defender
  • Noon, March 23, 2020
  • Statewide, Multi-County, County, District, and Special District Offices
  • Noon, May 11, 2020
Vicky Oakes
St. Johns County
Supervisor of Elections
(904) 823-2238
Toll Free: (888) 960-2959
Fax: (904) 823-2249
4455 Avenue A, Suite 101
St. Augustine, Florida 32095

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