City of Fernandina Beach General Election will be held November 6, 2018.
A runoff election (if necessary) will be held December 11, 2018.
The City Clerk coordinates City General Elections with the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office and is the official filing officer for candidates seeking elected office in the City of Fernandina Beach. For more details about voting, visit the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections' website.
Elections are held each year for candidates for the City Commission Group seats as follows:
2017 Group 2 & 3
2018* Group 4 & 5
2019 No Election
2020* Group 1, 2 & 3
*Combined with Nassau County Elections
2017 Election Day results Election Day information
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.
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 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.
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:
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 (10,340) in the last City General Election which would be 103 valid
petition signatures. If a candidate meets these requirements and 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. Please contact the City Clerk for further instructions.
IMPORTANT: The deadline for 103 candidate petitions with valid City
of Fernandina Beach registered voters' signatures to be submitted
to the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections is Monday, June
12th, 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.
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