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 15, 2017 the qualifying fee for the April 3, 2018 Election is $110.15.
ALL PRECINCTS WILL VOTE AT THE BARTOW CIVIC CENTER - 2250 S. FLORAL AVENUE.
On April 3, 2018 voters will elect one City Commissioner for the following seat(s):
- Seat No. 1 (At-large)
- Seat No. 2 (Central District)
IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES
Regular Election - April 3, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Run-Off Election (if needed) - to be announced.
Candidate Qualifying Dates
Monday, February 5, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. EST - Candidate Qualifying Begins
Friday, February 9, 2018 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 3rd City Election, have until March 5th 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
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 polkelections.com.
Candidates for election can find additional information at the Supervisor of Elections web site HERE