The Candidate Handbook has important information that you need to know before deciding to become a candidate. You will find detailed information and valuable resources for the upcoming General Municipal Election and City of Miami elected offices.
City of Miami 2021 Candidate Handbook (COMING SOON)
Campaign Treasurer's Reports must be filed by all City of Miami candidates with the City Clerk via the electronic filing system (EFS).
Pursuant to Ordinance No. 13687, adopted on June 8, 2017, “[E]ach person, candidate, political committee, electioneering communications organization, or other individual or organization required to file campaign treasurer’s reports with the City Clerk in their official capacity as filing officer for the City of Miami (“City”) pursuant to Chapter 106, Florida Statutes, shall file such reports by means of the City’s electronic filing system.
To access the EFS, you must first obtain a login ID and password from the Office of the City Clerk.
Electronic Submissions must be received no later than midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the day designated, per Florida Statute 106.0705(3). Any report that is received electronically after that time will be considered late and shall be subject to a fine in accordance with Florida Statute 106.07(8)(b). Per Sections 106.07(1) and 106.0703(1)(a), Florida Statutes, reports shall be filed on the 10th day following the end of a calendar month, except that if the 10th day following the end of a calendar month occurs on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the report shall be filed on the next following day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
Login for Candidates to Submit Campaign Treasurer's Reports
For additional information on campaign reports, please refer to the Candidate and Campaign Treasurer Handbook (10/03/2019).
Public Search of Candidate Campaign Reports
View Contributions and Expenditures from July 1, 2017 to present. The first Campaign Treasurer's report that will be searchable using the links below is the 2017-M07 report which was due on August 10, 2017. To view prior archived campaign reports, contact the Office of the City Clerk or make a public records request online.
List of Candidates from 2017 Election to Present Search Candidate Campaign Treasurer's Reports
For your name to appear on a ballot in an election, you must qualify for the office you are seeking during the qualifying period.
Candidate Qualifying Information
In accordance with Miami-Dade County Ordinances Nos. 16-46 and 16-75, codified in Sections 12-14.2.1 and 12-14.2.2 of the Code of Miami-Dade County, Florida, respectively, municipal elected officers and municipal candidates must file form MD-ED 28 to publicly disclose when they commence activities for Political Committees, Electioneering Communications Organizations, organizations exempt under Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code (except for homeowners associations) and/or Political Parties.
Effective January 1, 2017, each candidate for municipal office in Miami-Dade County shall ensure that their designated campaign treasurer shall, within five (5) days (includes weekends and holidays) of commencing solicitation activities, either directly or indirectly, on behalf of a Political Committee, Electioneering Communications Organization, 501(c)(4) Organization or Political Party, file a one-time report with the City Clerk indicating that the candidate is undertaking solicitation activities on behalf of such Political Committee, Electioneering Communications Organization, 501(c)(4) Organization or Political Party. The report shall identify the name of the Political Committee, Electioneering Communications Organization, 501(c)(4) Organization or Political Party on behalf of whom such funds are being solicited and a description of the relationship between the candidate and Political Committee, Electioneering Communications Organization, 501(c)(4) Organization or Political Party. The report shall be filed on a form MD-ED 28.
City of Miami Elected Officials and Candidates must file the MD-ED 28 form with the City of Miami's Office of the City Clerk by using one (1) of the following options:
(Electronic signatures are not accepted)
For faster processing make sure the email
header includes the name of the candidate
and reference the type of report submitted
(i.e. John Smith, MD-ED 28 Report).
|Todd B. Hannon, City Clerk
City Clerk's Office
P.O. Box 330708
Miami, Florida 33233-0708
|Todd B. Hannon, City Clerk
Miami City Hall
3500 Pan American Drive
Miami, Florida 33133-5504
FORM MD-ED 28 MD-ED 28 Frequently Asked Questions VIEW FILED MD-ED 28 FORMS
In accordance with Section 12-14.1 of the Miami-Dade County Code candidates running for the Offices of Mayor and Commissioner must file a Vote-By-Mail Ballot Campaign Report (MD-ED 26) to disclose the names of paid campaign workers engaged in vote-by-mail ballot activities. The MD-ED 26 form is due at the same time Campaign Treasurer's Reports are due.
Once the report has been completed, submit a copy of the signed report (electronic signatures are not accepted) via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For faster processing make sure the email header includes the name of the candidate, the report and reference the type of report submitted (i.e. John Smith, 2017-M7 Vote-By-Mail Report).
FORM MD-ED 26
- For the November 2, 2021 General Election:
Political Signs can be displayed on private property beginning on Monday, August 2, 2021.
Political Signs must be removed from private property no later than Wednesday, November 17, 2021.
- For the November 16, 2021 Run-Off Election (if required):
Candidates participating in a Run-Off Election may continue to keep their signs displayed on private property until Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
MIAMI 21- Section 10.3.1 - Class A Signs (Temporary)
For the purposes of this Article, Class A Signs shall be removed from the event or location to which they are related in a timeframe described below, unless otherwise specified.
Class A (political election signs). No Sign permit shall be required for political election signs displayed on private property. Such political election signs shall be permitted no earlier than three (3) months prior to the date of the election and removed within fifteen (15) days after the election. All such political election signs shall be subject to the following regulations:
1. In T5-L,O, T6-L,O, CI, CI-HD, D1, D2 and D3 Transect Zones, Signs shall not exceed fifteen (15) square feet in aggregate of Sign surface Area; or
2. In T3, T4, T5-R and T6-R Transect Zones, Signs shall not exceed four (4) square feet in aggregate of Sign surface Area.
Miami City Code Section 54-9 - Placing signs, advertisements, or displays on any portion of public right-of-way, street or sidewalk surface.
(a) Except as provided in this section, it shall be unlawful for any person to post, stick, stamp, stencil, write, paint, erect or place a sign upon any sidewalk, crosswalk, curb, or any portion of the public right-of-way, including but not limited to, any trash receptacles, lamp post, electric light, telegraph, telephone, or utility line pole, hydrant, parking meter, bus bench or shelter, news rack, shade tree or tree box, any wall, fence or barricade, or upon the piers, columns, trusses, girders, railings, gates or other parts of any public bridge, overpass or viaduct, or any public structure or building except signs, advertisements, or displays authorized or required by the city, or by the laws or resolutions of the United States, the state, or the city. This subsection shall be enforced pursuant to the provisions of section 1-13.
- For additional information regarding political signage code, please contact the Zoning Department at (305) 416-1442.
- For additional information regarding compliance of political signage, please contact Code Compliance Department at (305) 329-4777.
- For political advertisement requirements, please refer to Florida Statute 106.143.
Pursuant to Florida Statutes 101.131, each candidate and political committee may have one poll watcher in each polling room or early voting area at any one time during the election. Each candidate requesting to have poll watchers shall designate, in writing, utilizing Form DS-DE 125, before noon of the second Tuesday preceding the election, poll watchers for each polling room on Election Day, and before noon at least 14 days before early voting begins for early voting sites. Form DS-DE 125 MUST be submitted to the City Clerk.
Submitting the list before the deadline will allow for substitutions, if a Poll Watcher is not approved. No Changes or substitutions will be accepted after the deadline – NO EXCEPTIONS
Poll Watcher Assignment:
Each political party, political committee with expressed interest in an issue on the ballot, and each candidate may have one watcher in each polling room or early voting area at any one time during the election; therefore if more than one poll watcher goes to any one precinct or early voting site, the Clerk will be responsible for ensuring that only one representative is present for that particular party, political committee, or candidate.
Poll Watcher Approval:
Pursuant to Florida Statutes 101.131(2) – The poll watchers for polling rooms shall be approved by the supervisor of elections on or before the Tuesday before the election. Poll watchers for early voting areas shall be approved by the supervisor of elections no later than 7 days before early voting begins.
Pursuant to Florida Statutes 101.131(3) – No candidate or sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer, or other law enforcement officer may be designated as a poll watcher.
The approved list will be provide to the Precinct Clerk or Early Voting Clerk prior to the election. Poll Watchers must show the Clerk a photo identification and the poll watcher identification badge issued by Miami-Dade Elections Department in order to be allowed in the polling room. Anyone not on the approved list will not be allowed entry into the polling room. Poll Watchers must wear the identification badge provided by the Elections Department at all times while in the polling room or early voting area.
The list of poll watchers must be submitted using the form DS-DE-125. It can be submitted electronically to the City Clerk by emailing it to email@example.com.
POLL WATCHER FORM - DS-DE 125 - (08/2016)
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