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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 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 January 3, 2019 the qualifying fee for the April 2, 2019 Election is $111.30.


 On April 2, 2019 voters will elect one City Commissioner for the following seat(s):

  • Seat No. 3 (North District)


Regular Election - April 2, 2019 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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

Candidate Qualifying Dates

Monday, February 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. EST - Candidate Qualifying Begins

Friday, February 8, 2019 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 2, 2019 City Election, have until March 4th 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
Last updated: 1/3/2019 9:02:57 AM