Florida Department of State

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  • 500 South Bronough Street
  • Tallahassee, Fl 32399-0250
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Division of Elections

Florida Laws and Procedures

Laws and Procedures

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  • Opinions of the Division of Elections

    Legal opinions issued by the Division of Elections from March 1987 through present in answer to queries regarding the applicability of election laws.


  • Candidate Handbook

    Summary of filing requirements for candidates running for elective office.

  • Committee Handbook

    Summary of filing requirements for committees organized to promote issues or candidates.

  • Qualifying Handbook

    Explains the qualifying procedures for candidates who qualify with the Division of Elections as major party candidates, minor party candidates, no party affiliation candidates (formerly known as independent), nonpartisan candidates or write-in candidates (also includes number of signatures required along with the necessary forms).



  • Division of Elections Rules

    Although we have attempted to accurately reproduce our rule chapters, this material should not be regarded as an official copy of these rules. For an official version of the rules, refer to the publication Florida Administrative Code Annotated, available from Matthew Bender LexisNexis, 701 East Water Street, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902, telephone 1-800-241-5292. A copy of this publication is available for public inspection at the offices of the Administrative Code and Weekly Unit, Division of Library and Information Services, Room 101, R.A. Gray Building, 500 South Bronough Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0250.