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Elections
City of Fernandina Beach General Election will be held November 7, 2017.
A runoff election (if necessary) will be held December 12, 2017.

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:

    Year        Seat(s)
    
2017        Group 2 & 3
    2018*       Group 4 & 5
    2019        No Election
    2020*      Group 1, 2 & 3

*Combined with Nassau County Elections


2017 General Election Qualified Candidates to date: click here


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.

2017 General Election Candidate Qualifying Dates

The Qualifying Dates for City Commission Candidates will begin Monday, July 10, 2017 at 8:00 AM and conclude Friday, July 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM. The 2017 General Election Candidate Handbook offers an overview of the election process and the candidates responsibilities.

2017 General Election Petition Deadline
The deadline for submitting candidate petitions to the Nassau County Supervisor of Elections Office is prior to 12 noon on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Number of verifiable candidate petitions required: 103. In the event some candidate petitions are not verifiable by the Supervisor of Elections it is recommended candidates obtain at least 115 candidate petitions.


Straw Ballot for Mayor

Per 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 2017, the term of office for elected officers is three 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 (10,340) 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.

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

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 www.votenassau.com or call (904) 491-7500.