The Office of the City Clerk administers the city elections and accepts candidate filings.
The City of Palm Bay will hold the following elections as shown below:
Special Municipal Election – Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at which time three (3) proposed ballot questions shall be presented to the electorate (pursuant to Ordinance 2019-41):
Referendum 1: CHARTER AMENDMENT REQUIRING APPROVAL OF AFFECTED PROPERTY OWNERS FOR CERTAIN SPECIAL ASSESSMENT PROJECTS
Shall section 6.02 of the City of Palm Bay charter be amended to require that before the governing body for the City may levy any special assessment involving more than fifty (50) property owners or involving a project expenditure of greater than twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), the proposed amendment must first be approved, in writing, by a majority vote of the affected property owners who return a ballot?
Referendum 2: CHARTER AMENDMENT RELATING TO PETITION GATHERING AND SIGNATURE VERIFICATION FOR PROPOSED CITIZEN INITIATIVES
Shall Section 3.09 of the city charter be amended to require that ordinances and charter amendments proposed by petition not be inconsistent with State law, require the use of a standardized petition form for signature gathering, require that petition signatures be verified by a city-designated official in accordance with the procedures governing signature verification set forth in section 99.097, Florida Statutes, and clarify that petition sponsors are responsible for fees associated with signature verification?
Referendum 3: CHARTER AMENDMENT GOVERNING SIGNATURE REQUIREMENTS FOR ORDINANCES PROPOSED BY PETITION AND TIMING OF REFERENDUMS
Shall Section 3.09 of the city charter be amended to reduce the percentage of electors required to sign a petition proposing an ordinance from 10 percent to 5 percent and require a referendum on a petition to amend the city charter or propose an ordinance be held at the next regular municipal election occurring more than 90 days after the city council certifies the petition or at a special election called by the city council?
Primary Municipal Election – Tuesday, August 18, 2019, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at which time the Office of the Mayor and two (2) councilmembers (Seats 2 and 3) will be elected to serve from November 2020 to November 2024, following the election.
General/Runoff Municipal Election – Tuesday, November 5, 2019, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Should there be more than two (2) qualifying candidates for Mayor or for a given Council seat, then a primary election will be held on August 18, 2020. The two (2) primary candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be the candidates in the general election. The candidate receiving the highest number of votes in the general election shall be declared elected to the office for which he or she was a candidate.
In the event there are fewer than three (3) qualifying candidates for Mayor or for a given Council seat, their names will not appear on the primary election ballot, but they will appear on the general election ballot. If a candidate for Mayor or for a given Council seat receives more than fifty percent (50%) of the vote in a primary election, then said candidate shall be declared elected to the office and no names shall appear on the general election ballot.
Candidates for the office of city council shall be a resident of the city and shall have been for at least two (2) years immediately preceding the election, shall be a registered voter residing at a city address, and shall qualify for such office by complying with the Florida Statutes and in such manner as may be prescribed by ordinance and shall continue to be a resident and an elector of the city during the term of office.
Political Signs - Registration for Non-City Candidates
All candidates and political committees (PC) erecting signs within the city must register with the Office of the City Clerk. Please complete the Political and Campaign Sign Registration form and click on the 'Submit by Email' button.
Please adhere to the rules and regulations for placement of your political or campaign signs.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Office of the City Clerk at (321) 952-3414.
Terese M. Jones, CMC
For information on voting precincts or on how to register to vote, please visit Brevard County Supervisor of Elections website or call (321) 952-6328.