Campaign Reporting Definitions & Clarifications
Campaign Account & Treasurer
(Section 106.021, F.S.): Before accepting any campaign contributions, expending any funds or qualifying as a candidate, a campaign depository must be designated and a campaign treasurer must be appointed. This appointment must be done by completing an "Appointment of a Campaign Treasurer and Designation of Campaign Depository" form. This form can be obtained from the Town Clerk's Office and is to be filed with the Town Clerk. Also, each candidate shall, at the same time the above form is filed, designate the office for which he/she is running.
(Section 106.08 F.S.): The contribution limit for all municipal candidates is $1,000 per contributor per election. (Contribution limits do not apply to contributions made by a candidate to his/her own campaign.)
Campaign Reports - Due Dates
(Section 106.07 F.S.): All candidates who are opposed in seeking election to an office must file reports with the Town Clerk on the 46th day, 32nd day, 18th day and 4th day immediately preceding the election. Any candidate who is unopposed must dispose of his/her funds and file a report reflecting the disposition within 90 days after becoming unopposed.
Campaign Reports - Late Filing Penalty
(Section 106.07(8)(b), F.S.): Late filing of reports are subject to a $50 fine for each late day for the first three days and, thereafter, $500 per day for each late day. The fine is not to exceed 25% of the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report. However, for the reports immediately preceding each election, the fine shall be $500 per day for each late day, not to exceed 25% of the total receipts or expenditures, whichever is greater, for the period covered by the late report. Late report penalties are the responsibility of the candidate and are to be paid from the personal funds of the candidate. Such fines are to be paid to the Town of Davie within 20 days after receipt of notice of payment due.
Disposition of Funds
(Section 106.141 F.S.): Any candidate who withdraws, becomes unopposed, is eliminated or is elected to office must dispose of his/her funds and file a report reflecting the disposition within 90 days after withdrawing, becoming unopposed, being eliminated or elected.
All reports must be filed by 5:00 p.m. on the designated day; however, any report postmarked by the United States Postal Service no later than midnight of the day designated shall be deemed to have been filed in a timely manner. A certificate of mailing obtained from and dated by the US Postal Service at the time of mailing, or a receipt from an established courier company, which bears a date on or before the date on which the report is due shall be proof of mailing in a timely manner.
Regulations for Election Signs Election Signs
Pursuant to Chapter 12 Section 12-243(D) of the Town of Davie Code of Ordinances election signs may not be placed prior to 60 days of the election to which they pertain and must be removed seven (7) calendar days from said election. Furthermore, election signs may not exceed sixteen (16) square feet and the permission of the owner or other person with legal control of the property must be granted prior to placement. Sign bond of $300 will be collected prior to signs being erected. For more information on sign requirements, please review Chapter 12 Section 12-243(D) or contact the Town Clerk’s Office.
- Signs shall not be internally illuminated and shall not exceed sixteen (16) square feet per sign face.
- Signs shall not be erected or displayed earlier than sixty (60) days prior to the primary or general election to which they pertain; the placement of any such sign requires the permission and consent of the property owner.
- Election campaign signs will be removed within seven (7) days after the date of the election to which the signs relate.
- The political party or candidate, or an authorized agent, deposits with the Town Clerk the sum of three hundred dollars ($300.00) for Town of Davie municipal elections, or five hundred dollars ($500.00) for county elections and statewide or national elections.
Political Campaign Advertisements
- Advertisements circulated prior to the election - Refer to F.S. 106.143
- Disclosure of telephone solicitation - Refer to F.S. 106.147
It is not the responsibility of this office to interpret Florida Statutes as prescribed by Florida Law. For further interpretation or legal opinion, you may contact the Division of Elections at 850-245-6240.