Qualifying Periods

Office                                 Type                     Schedule                     Qualifying Period
County Judge                   Nonpartisan      Primary/General*     4/22/24 – 4/26/24 (noon)
Constitutional Officer    Partisan              Primary/General       6/10/24 – 6/14/24 (noon)
County Commissioner   Partisan              Primary/General       6/10/24 – 6/14/24 (noon)
School Board Member   Nonpartisan      Primary/General*     6/10/24 – 6/14/24 (noon)
Independent Districts   Nonpartisan       General Only              6/10/24 – 6/14/24 (noon)
(Including CDD’s)

*Candidates for School Board and County Judge have their names appear on the Primary
Election ballot; if no candidate receives a majority in the Primary the top two vote getters
appear on the General Election ballot to determine the winner.


During the Primary Election, electors will vote for state and federal representatives (outside of the presidency) within their party affiliations. If opposed within their own parties, United States Senators, Representatives in Congress, State Representatives and State Senators will be on the ballot.

Also – if opposed within their party – the five constitutional officers will appear on the ballot: the Clerk of Courts, Property Appraiser, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections and Tax Collector. Voters may also see county commissioners and precinct committee men and women depending on their jurisdiction.

Voters may also see nonpartisan contests including judges, school board members and local referenda items.

Because Florida is a closed primary state, voters may only vote within their party. The winning candidates of the Primary Election, who see opposition from another party, will then move on to the General Election in November.

Universal Primary: A universal primary is a contest in the Primary Election in which all candidates have the same party affiliation, but will not see opposition during the General Election. During a universal primary, all qualified electors may vote regardless of their party affiliation.


The General Election ballot will list the candidates for the presidency and the winning candidates of the August Primary Election. During this election, voters will have the opportunity to vote for a candidate regardless of their party affiliation.

Voters will also vote on statewide amendments and – based on their jurisdiction – local district seats such as Mosquito Control and Fire Districts.

Voters residing within the City of Marco Island city limits will also see their city council contest on their ballot.