Elections

The City of Fernandina Beach General Election will be held November 6, 2018  
 


A Runoff Election (if necessary) will be held December 11, 2018

2018 Announced Candidates 
 
The City Clerk coordinates City General Elections and Runoff Elections with the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office and is the official Qualifying Officer for candidates seeking elected office within the City of Fernandina Beach. 
 
Elections are held each even numbered year for candidates for the City Commission Group seats as follows:

Year - Group Seats
 

2018 - Group Seats 4 & 5
2019 - No Election
2020 - Group Seats 1, 2 & 3
2021 - No Election
      
Newly elected Commissioners shall be sworn in and assume the duties of office at the Organizational Meeting of the City Commission held at 5:00 pm 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 Commissioners will be sworn in and assume the duties of their offices at the next regular City Commission meeting following certification.

2018 General Election Qualifying Period


Begins: Monday, July 9, 2018 – 8:00 AM 
Concludes:   Friday, July 13, 2018 – 5:00 PM 
In accordance with Code of Ordinances Section 34-2 every candidate for election as a member of the City Commission shall file a notice of candidacy with the City Clerk during the Qualifying Period as set by resolution each year by the City Commission. Upon filing of the notice, all documents required by this Code, City Charter and/or Florida Statute Election laws shall be given to the City Clerk, and all required Qualifying Fees shall be paid.

2018 General Election Petition Deadline


Friday, June 29, 2018 - Prior to 12 noon
Number of valid petitions required to qualify - 105 
In accordance with Sec. 34-4. A person seeking to qualify by the alternative method of qualifying may qualify to have his name placed on the ballot by means of the process as prescribed in F.S. 99.095, which by this reference is hereby incorporated in this section. (b) The person qualifying by this alternative method shall obtain the signatures on petitions in accordance with Florida Statute.  

2018 Candidate Handbook


The 2018 Candidate Handbook is compiled for candidate review and reference and designed to supplement the Florida Department of State Division of Elections Candidate and Campaign Treasurer Handbook, as well as Florida Statute Chapters 99, 104, and 106. This publication is not intended to provide all the information a candidate needs. For additional information please contact City Clerk Caroline Best cbest@fbfl.org office (904) 310-3315.

Canvassing Board Information

In accordance with Section 34.8(a), the members of the City Commission shall constitute the Canvassing Board for the General Election and Runoff Election. The primary duties of the Canvassing Board are to review any questioned absentee ballots or signatures, review and tabulate the absentee ballots, review and tabulate the returns from the polls, review and provisional ballots and certify the results of the election.

All meetings of the Canvassing Board are held at the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections’ Office, Canvassing Board Room in the James S. Page Governmental Complex, 96135 Nassau Place, Yulee Florida 32097
  

Straw Ballot for Mayor


In accordance with City Code Section 34-9, the Mayor of the City is selected by virtue of a straw ballot election which 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. 
 

Terms and Qualifications


In 2018, the term of office for elected officers is four 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 of the annual salary of the office sought ($120.00). See Section 99.093(1) Florida Statute;
  • And qualify by one of the following methods for their name to appear on the ballot:

1. Qualifying Fee Method: Pay the Qualifying 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 (10,528) in the last City General Election which equates to 105 valid petition signatures. If a candidate obtains the signatures of one percent (1%) of registered voters, s/he will not be required to pay the Qualifying Fee in the amount of $360.00.  
 
IMPORTANT: The petition deadline for 105 candidate petitions, with valid City of Fernandina Beach registered voters' 
signatures to be submitted to the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office is Friday, June 29, 2018, prior to 12:00 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


 To register to vote, or make changes to your voter registration; please visit any of the following locations:

  • City Clerk's Office, City Hall, 204 Ash Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 
  • Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office, Historic Downtown Courthouse, 416 Centre St., Fernandina Beach, FL 
  • Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office, 96135 Nassau Place, Suite #3, Yulee, FL
To find your voting precinct or request a Vote by Mail Ballot (Absentee Ballot) please visit the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections' Office website: www.votenassau.com or phone (904) 491-7500.