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 (2016) 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 35.936 31,166 33,396 40,589 32,112 173,199
Signatures Required 360 312 334 406 322 1,734

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:

  • U.S. Senator, Representative in Congress, Judicial
  • Noon April 2, 2018
  • Statewide, Multi-County, County, District, and Special District Offices
  • Noon May 21, 2018