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Welcome to the City of Bartow Election Information Center. This information is intended to familiarize City Commission Candidates, campaign treasurers, and residents with the duties and responsibilities required under Florida's Election Laws, and the City of Bartow Charter. All requirements prescribed by State Statute, and included in this material, is subject to change by Florida Legislature.

To become a candidate, you must be a registered voter in Polk County, a qualified elector in the City of Bartow residing in the corporate limits of the City of Bartow and for Seat No. 5 residing in the East District, a resident of the City of Bartow continuously for eighteen months immediately preceding the date of commencement of the term of office and hold no other public office. The qualifying fee is $108.66.


 Voters will elect one City Commissioner for the following seat(s):

  • Seat No. 4 (At-large)
  • Seat No. 5 (East District)


Regular Election - April 4, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Run-Off Election (if needed) - to be announced.

Candidate Qualifying Dates

Monday, February 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. EST - Candidate Qualifying Begins

Friday, February 10, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST - Candidate Qualifying Ends

Registering to Vote

City residents who are not registered to vote, but would like to participate in the April 4th City Elections, have until March 6th to submit their completed voter registration form to the Elections Office in Bartow. To register to vote on-line, Click here. For information to register to vote go to voter registration information. Applications are available at Polk County Supervisor of Elections, Bartow City Hall, post offices and libraries.
Registered voters are reminded to update the elections office with any name or address changes prior to Election Day.  To change your voter information on-line, Click here.

Absentee Ballots

Can’t make it to the polls? To request an absentee ballot, please contact the Polk County Supervisor of Elections at 863-534-5888 or visit

Candidates for election can find additional information at the Supervisor of Elections web site HERE
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Last updated: 1/13/2017 9:30:08 AM