Wendy Sartory Link Supervisor of Elections Palm Beach County Wendy Sartory Link Supervisor of Elections Palm Beach County Wendy Sartory Link Supervisor of Elections Palm Beach County


Welcome Candidates, Campaign Managers, and other Interested Parties!


The Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections maintains candidate filing, qualifying, and campaign reports for Palm Beach County candidates, political committees, and local political parties. 

Candidates for federal, state and multi-county offices are reported on the Division of Elections Website.

Click here for a list of announced candidates and offices up for election in Palm Beach County. 


What is a candidate?

Florida defines a candidate as any person to whom any one or more of the following applies:

  • Any person who seeks to qualify for nomination or election by means of the petition process.
  • Any person who seeks to qualify for election as a write-in candidate.
  • Any person who receives contributions or makes expenditures, or consents for any other person to receive contributions or make expenditures, with a view to bring about his or her nomination or election to, or retention in, public office.
  • Any person who appoints a treasurer and designates a primary depository.
  • Any person who files qualification papers and subscribes to a candidate's oath as required by law.

This definition does not include an individual seeking a publicly elected position for a political party executive committee. (Sections 97.021(7) and 106.011(3), F.S.)


Residency requirements

  • County Commission candidates must reside in the district for which they are qualifying at the time of being elected to office;
  • School Board candidates must reside in the district for which they are qualifying at the time of assuming office;
  • County Judges must reside in the county at the time of assuming office;
  • County Constitutional Officers must reside in the county at the time of assuming office; and
  • If required, one's current position or office must be resigned under the "resign to run" law by the appropriate deadlines (99.012(3) Florida Statutes).


Campaign finance

By Florida law, campaigns, committees, and electioneering communications organizations are required to disclose detailed financial records of campaign contributions and expenditures, also known as "Campaign Finance Reports". Chapter 106, Florida Statutes, regulates campaign financing for all candidates, including judicial candidates, political committees, electioneering communication organizations, affiliated party committees, and political parties. It does not regulate campaign financing for candidates for federal office.

Campaign Finance Reports are required even if there has been no activity during the reporting period. In those cases, you are required to file a Waiver of Report. Reports must be filed on or before the due date. Fines for late filing of reports are automatic and must be paid from personal rather than campaign funds. It is your responsibility to ensure that campaign reports are accurate, complete and comply with all laws and regulations regarding campaign finance.

The laws governing campaign finance reporting and campaign financing limitations are complex. For more detail, please refer to Chapter 106, Florida Statutes, and the Candidate and Committee handbooks.


Poll watchers

Click here to find the Poll Watcher Designation Form DS-DE 125. The form must be completed and returned via email to candidates@votepalmbeach.gov, mail, or in person so that it is in our office by the deadline. 


2024 poll watcher designation deadlines

2024 Presidential Preference Primary & Uniform Municipal Elections - March 19, 2024

Municipal candidates must submit their poll watcher designation forms to their City Clerk by the due date(s) below. 

  • Early Voting Designations due - Noon, February 24, 2024 
  • Election Day Designations due - Noon, March 5, 2024

2024 Primary Election - August 20, 2024

  • Early Voting Designations due - Noon, July 27, 2024
  • Election Day Designations due - Noon, August 6, 2024

2024 General Election - November 5, 2024

  • Early Voting Designations due - Noon, October 7, 2024
  • Election Day Designations due - Noon, October 22, 2024


Filing a complaint

Any person who has information of a violation of Chapter 104 or 106, Florida Statutes, shall file a sworn complaint with the Florida Elections Commission (FEC).


No solicitation zone

Per Florida Statute Section 102.031(4)(a) No person, political committee, or other group or organization may solicit voters inside the polling place or within 150 feet of a secure ballot intake station or the entrance to any polling place, a polling room where the polling place is also a polling room, an early voting site, or an office of the supervisor where vote-by-mail ballots are requested and printed on demand for the convenience of electors who appear in person to request them.  



The information provided is not intended to provide legal advice and is for general guidance only. Please note that it is not within the purview of this office to determine whether a candidate meets the requirements for holding office. Individuals with questions concerning their own or other candidate qualifications or related matters should seek legal counsel. Candidates bear full responsibility to make their own determinations as to all legal standards, duties and factual material contained therein.