Elections


2021 Special Mail Ballot Election: Proposed Charter Amendments

The City of Fernandina Beach is conducting a 2021 Special Mail Ballot Election for proposed Charter amendments.  



This Election is Vote by Mail ONLY. Vote By Mail Ballots were mailed to all eligible voters within the City limits on March 24th. 

  • Completed Ballots must be returned by 7:00 PM on Election Day: April 13th.
  • Completed Ballots may be returned via USPS OR at the following Ballot Drop Box locations: 
Nassau County Court House; inside:  416 Centre Street, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office; inside or outside: 96135 Nassau Place, Suite 3, Yulee, FL 32097

This Election is Vote by Mail ONLY. There will be no polling places open on Election Day: April 13th.

Please review the 2021 Special Mail Ballot Election Sample Ballot questions.  
Sample Ballot (text only version for ADA compliance)

Questions? Please contact the Fernandina Beach City Clerk at (904) 310-3115 or cbest@fbfl.org

You may also review information on the Charter and the work the Charter Review Committee has done here
 

2022 General Election: November 8, 2022

     
Groups up for Election: Group 4 and Group 5


2022 Runoff Election (if necessary): December 13, 2022

2020 Election Results:


Group 1: Bradley Bean
Group 2: David Sturges
Group 3: Chip Ross
Straw Ballot for Mayor Results: Mayor Michael A. Lednovich

2020 Ballot Question No. 1:

Should the Fernandina Beach Charter be amended to prohibit the sale or lease of City-owned conservation lands and restrict the sale or lease of City-owned recreation facilities by requiring unanimous vote of the City Commission and approval at a referendum by at least 70% of the electors of the City? - APPROVED


Elections are held each even numbered year for City Commission Groups as follows:

2021 Special Mail Ballot Election - proposed Charter changes
2022- Groups 4 & 5
2023- No Election
2024- Groups 1, 2, & 3
Newly election Commissioners shall be sworn in and assume the duties of office at the Organizational Meeting of the City Commission held at 5:00pm 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 City Commission Regular Meeting following certification.


2020 General Election Candidate Handbook

The 2020 General Election Candidate Handbook contains important candidate/campaign information including qualifying dates, candidate petition deadlines, ad monthly calendar of campaign treasurer reporting dates.
If you need assistance accessing the Candidate Handbook, please contact the City Clerk's Office: (904) 310-3115.



2020 General Election Qualifying Period


Begins: Monday, July 13, 2020 – 8:00 AM 
Concludes:   Friday, July 17, 2020 – 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.

2020 General Election Petition Deadline


Friday, July 3, 2020 - Prior to 12 noon
Number of valid petitions required to qualify - 108
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.  

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

Canvassing Board Schedule



Wednesday, December 2, 2020: 1:00 pm Public Pre-Election Test of the Automatic Tabulation Equipment

Tuesday, December 8, 2020: 3:00 pm Election Day- Open and Canvas Vote by Mail and Provisional Ballots and Precinct Returns; Certify Election Results (if all Provisional Ballots and Cure Affidavits were canvassed.)

Thursday, December 10, 2020: 12:00 pm Recount, if ordered (this meeting will only be held if a recount is ordered).

Thursday, December 10, 2020: 4:00 pm Canvass Provisional Ballots and Vote by Mail Ballot Cure Affidavits; Certify Election Results (this meeting will not be held if the election results were certified on Election Night.)

Friday, December 11, 2020: 10:00 am Conduct Post-Election Audit (unless manual recount conducted.)
  

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 108 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.