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Important Notice on Candidate Qualifying and Petitions

On April 2, 2020, the Florida Division of Elections enacted two emergency rules that affect candidate qualifying and petition gathering.

Effective immediately, candidates are able to submit qualifying paperwork electronically and petitions submitted to the Supervisor of Elections no longer need to include an original, ink signature.  

The emergency rules allow for exchange of documents among voters, candidates and elections offices without person-to-person contact in response to public health concerns surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19). The summaries of the rule changes are below and the full text is linked.

Emergency Rule 1SER20-1:

Requirement for Candidate Qualifying Papers and Withdrawal of Candidacy

Removes the requirement that the qualifying items be “original[s] and signatures thereon…be made in ink” so that these items can be collected, notarized, and submitted with limited person-to-person contact.  Provides for qualifying documents to be submitted via email.  Notary statements on required forms will be revised accordingly.    

As a reminder, candidates and political parties do not need to make an appointment to turn in financial reports. These can be turned in by mail or using the white, secure drop box outside our office's building.

Candidate financial forms and candidate signature petitions may be mailed to our office at:

Alachua County Supervisor of Elections
Josiah T. Walls Building
Attention: Tim Williams
515 North Main Street, Suite 300
Gainesville, Florida 32601 

They may also be placed in the white, secure drop box outside our office building. The drop box is checked regularly and the forms will be processed as normal. The secure drop box is under video surveillance 24/7. Please remember to sign forms before placing them in the drop box.

If you have any questions please contact Tim Williams, Assistant Supervisor of Elections, at or 352-374-5257.

Alachua County Qualifying Information

To file to run for an Alachua County office, contact Tim Williams at the the Supervisor of Elections Office at For information on qualifying for county offices to be elected in 2020, click here

What Alachua County offices are up for election in 2020? 

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court
  • Property Appraiser 
  • Sheriff 
  • Supervisor of Elections
  • Tax Collector
  • Alachua County Commission: Districts 1, 3 and 5
  • Alachua County School Board: District 2 and 4
  • County Judge: Group 4
  • Soil and Water Conservation District: Seats 2 and 4