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 continuously for eighteen months immediately preceding the date of commencement of the term of office and hold no other public office.
In addition to the qualifications above, for SEAT NO. 2 (Central District), SEAT NO. 3 (North District) and SEAT NO. 5 (East District), you must reside within your district.
As of December 10, 2019 the qualifying fee for the April 7, 2020 Election is $116.12.
IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES
On April 7, 2020 voters will elect one City Commissioner for the following seat(s):
SEAT 4 – AT-LARGE DISTRICT, currently held by Trish Pfeiffer
SEAT 5 – EAST DISTRICT, currently held by Leo E. Longworth
Regular Election - April 7, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Run-Off Election (if needed) - to be announced.
Monday, February 3, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. EST - Candidate Qualifying Begins
Friday, February 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. EST - Candidate Qualifying Ends
Qualifying packets are available in the City Clerk's Office, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays)
ALL PRECINCTS WILL VOTE AT THE BARTOW CIVIC CENTER - 2250 S. FLORAL AVENUE.
REGISTERING TO VOTE
City residents who are not registered to vote but would like to participate in the April 7, 2020 City Election, have until March 9th to submit their completed voter registration form to the Elections Office in Bartow. For information to register to vote go to the voter registration information page at the Polk County Supervisor of Elections website at www.polkelections.com. Printed applications are available at Polk County Supervisor of Elections office, Bartow City Hall, at local post offices and libraries.
Registered voters are reminded to update the elections office with any name or address changes prior to Election Day. You can change your information online at the Polk County Supervisor of Elections website at www.polkelections.com.
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 www.polkelections.com a minimum of 10 days prior to election date.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IT IS NOT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE TO INTERPRET FLORIDA STATUTES CONTAINED WITHIN FLORIDA LAW. FOR ANY INTERPRETATION OR LEGAL OPINION, CONTACT: FLORIDA DIVISION OF ELECTIONS, ROOM 316 R.A. GRAY BLDG., 500 SOUTH BRONOUGH ST., TALLAHASSEE, FL 32399-0250, PHONE: (850) 245-6200.