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City General Election

The City General Election will be held November 8, 2016.  A runoff election (if necessary) will be held December 13, 2016.

Municipal Elections
The City Clerk coordinates all Municipal Elections with the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections and is the official filing officer for candidates seeking elective office in the City of Fernandina Beach.

Elections are held each year for candidates for the City Commission Group seats as follows:

    Year     Seat(s)
    2016*      Group 1 
    2017       Groups 2 & 3
    2018       Groups 4 & 5

* Combined with Nassau County Elections

General Election - The General Election is held on the first Tuesday, following the first Monday in November of each year.

Run-Off Election - The City Run-Off Election, if needed, is held on the second Tuesday in December each year.

Straw Ballot
Straw Ballot for Mayor will be on the City ballot each year per City Code Section 34-9. The Mayor of the City is selected by virtue of a straw ballot election that is held in conjunction with the regular election held for the purpose of electing City Commissioners.  The results of the straw ballot shall be taken under advisement by the City Commission for the appointment for the Mayor at the annual organizational meeting to be held on the third Tuesday in December of each year, or at such other reasonable time or date in December that the City Commission may designate.

City Commission Candidates Qualifying Dates
The qualifying dates for City Commission Candidates will begin August 1, 2016 at 8:00 am and end on August 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm.  The 2016 City of Fernandina Beach Candidate Handbook offers an overview of the election process and the candidates responsibilities.

Terms & Qualifications

The term of office for elected officers is three (3) years, with a two-term limit.

A candidate seeking to qualify for a City Commission seat must:

  • Be a qualified, registered voter in the City of Fernandina Beach;
  • File his/her qualification papers during the Qualifying Period;
  • Pay the Election Assessment Fee in an amount equal to one percent (1%) of the annual salary of the office sought (See FS 99.093(1);
  • And qualify by one (1) of the following methods for their name to appear on the ballot:

                1. Qualifying Fee Method: Pay the Qualifying filing fee in a sum equal to three
                 percent (3%) of the annual salary ($12,000) paid to a member of the City
                 Commission of the fiscal year preceding the notice of filing for candidacy in the
                 amount of $360.00 (See City Code Section 34-3 and FS 99.092) or

                2. Petition Method: Obtain signatures of one percent (1%) of the total number of
                 registered voters (9,809) in the last City General Election which would be 98 valid
                 petition signatures. If you meet these requirements and obtain the signatures of one
                 percent (1%) of registered voters, you will not be required to pay the qualifying fee 
                 in the amount of $120.00. See the City Clerk for further instructions.
                IMPORTANT: The deadline for 98 candidate petitions with valid City
                of Fernandina Beach registered voters' signatures to be submitted
                to the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections is Thursday, July  
                5th,12:00 p.m. (noon).

Newly elected officers shall be sworn in and assume the duties of office at the Organizational Meeting of the City Commission held at 5:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of December, or at such other reasonable time or date that the City Commission may designate, unless the election results are not certified. In that event, the officers will be sworn in and assume the duties of their offices at the next regular City Commission meeting following certification.

Voter Registration
If you would like to register to vote or need to make changes to your current registration, forms are available at the following locations:

  • City Clerk's Office at City Hall, 204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL or
  • Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office, Historic Downtown Courthouse at 416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, FL or
  • Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office, 96135 Nassau Place, Suite #3, Yulee, FL

For additional information on registering to vote, please contact the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections at (904) 491-7500 or visit their website at

Vote by Mail Ballots (Absentee Ballots) & Voter Precinct Locations
To find the location of your voting precinct or to request a Vote by Mail Ballot (Absentee Ballot), visit the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections' website at or call (904) 491-7500.