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Municipal Elections

Elections are held every two years on even-numbered years with the offices of Mayor and At-Large Council seats, alternating with the three District Council Seats.

Primary Election – When more than two candidates are running for the same elective office, a Primary Election will be held, only for those municipal offices.  Such primary election shall be held on the Tuesday, ten weeks prior to the General Election.

If at the Primary Election, a candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, he or she shall be declared elected to office and his or her name will not be placed on the ballot in the General Election.

In the event that a candidate does not receive a majority of the votes cast, the names of the candidates placing first and second will be placed on the ballot in the general election.

General Election - When two or fewer candidates are running for the same elective office, the election will be held at the General Election.  The General Election is held on the first Tuesday, following the first Monday in November of each even numbered year.

The City Clerk coordinates all Municipal Elections with the Duval County Supervisor of Elections and is the official filing officer for candidates seeking elective office in Jacksonville Beach.

Officers to be Elected

  • Mayor - At - Large
  • Council Seat 1 - At - Large
  • Council Seat 2 - At - Large
  • Council Seat 3 - At - Large
  • Council Seat 4 - District 1
  • Council Seat 5 - District 2
  • Council Seat 6 - District 3

Council District Reapportionment

The Jacksonville Beach City Charter requires that the three council districts be reapportioned every 10 years.  Reapportionment was completed in December 2011, according to the 2010 Census redistricting data.

To view the map and boundary descriptions please see Ordinance No. 2011-8013.

 

Terms & Qualifications

  • The term of office of the mayor and all councilpersons shall be for four(4) years, following their election or until their successors are elected and qualified. 
  • A person serving as the mayor shall be limited to serving two (2) consecutive full-terms on the Council.
  • A person serving as councilperson shall be limited to serving two (2) consecutive full-terms as councilperson, after which they are eligible to seek qualification to run for an additional two (2) consecutive terms as mayor.  The maximum number of terms a councilperson moving from a city council seat to mayor may serve is a total of four consecutive terms.
  • The maximum number of terms a mayor can serve on the Council is two (2) consecutive terms.  An individual who has served two (2) consecutive terms as Mayor shall not seek a consecutive term as a councilperson.
  • A term shall be considered a full-term if the elector has served two or more years of their four (4) year term.
  • A candidate qualifying for the office of mayor or an at-large council seat must be a bona fide resident of the city for at least six (6) months prior to qualifying, a qualified elector and be nominated by petition by ten (10) electors of the city.
  • A candidate qualifying for a district council seat must be a bona fide resident of that district for at least six (6) months prior to qualifying, a qualified elector and be nominated by petition of ten (10) electors residing in that district.
  • A candidate seeking to qualify must file his/her qualification papers and pay the qualifying fees to the City Clerk, during the Qualifying period, for their name to appear on the ballot.

Newly elected officers shall be sworn in and assume the duties of office at the regular Council meeting held on the third Monday of November, unless the election results are not certified. In that event the officers will be sworn in and assume the duties of their offices at the next regular Council meeting following certification.

Voter Registration

If you would like to register to vote or need to make changes to your current registration, forms are available at the City Clerk’s office. For additional information on registering to vote, please contact the Duval County Supervisor of Elections at (904) 630-1410 or visit their website at www.duvalelections.com.

Voting Precinct Locations & Absentee Ballots

To find the location of your voting precinct or to request an Absentee Ballot, visit Duval County Supervisor of Elections or call (904) 630-1414.

 

 

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