March 19, 2024 Regular Election
The next Municipal Election will be held on MARCH 19, 2024.
All registered voters of the Town of Palm Beach who have resided in the Town for a period of at least one (1) year prior to qualifying for the Election are eligible to run for the Town of Palm Beach Town Council.
To become a candidate for the 2024 election, please review the information provided on this page and schedule a candidate orientation meeting with the Town Clerk via email or by phone at (561) 838-5416.
The following Council seats will be up for election:
Group 1 - Incumbent Lewis "Lew" S.W. Crampton
Group 2 - Incumbent Barbara "Bobbie" D. Lindsay
Group 3 - Incumbent Margaret "Maggie" A. Zeidman
Town Caucus: December 5, 2023, 6:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers, 360 S. County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Qualifying Period: December 5, 2023, 6:00 p.m. - December 6, 2023, no later than 5:00 p.m.
Deadline to Register to Vote in This Election: February 20, 2024
Town General Election: March 19, 2024
- Appointment of Campaign Treasurer (DS-DE 9)
- Statement of Candidate (DS-DE 84)
- Affidavit of Residency
- Form 1 Statement of Financial Interest
- Petitions (DS-DE 104)
- Caucus - Primary Nominator Form
- Caucus - Secondary Nominator Form
*This form is still under review by the Florida Division of Elections. The final version for candidate use will be uploaded when available.
All of these forms, plus more, can be found at the Florida Division of Elections site.
- Florida Statues, Chapter 106
- Example of Form 6 - This form will only be required if elected
- Candidate & Campaign Handbook 2024
- Ordinance 15-2021
- DS-DE 125 Poll Watchers
- Poll Watcher Requirements
- Notice of Logic and Accuracy Testing - Official date coming soon
- Political Advertising
- Important Dates for the 2024 Election
- Treasurer's Reports Due Dates
- Which forms need to be submitted first?
The Statement of Candidate (DS-DE 84) and the Treasurer’s Form (DS-DE 9) must be submitted to the Town prior to any solicitation for campaign contributions or opening a campaign account. These must also be submitted prior to collecting any of the Candidate Petitions (DS-DE 104) as well.
- Why is the Town's qualifying period only one day?
According to the Town’s Charter (Sec. 5.03), candidates shall qualify for the office of Mayor or Town Council by being nominated at the Town Caucus to be held on the first Tuesday of December each year and by being endorsed by petition signed by at least twenty-five electors.
- Can I appoint myself as treasurer?
Yes! A candidate can appoint one treasurer and up to three (3) Deputy Treasurers, subject to requirements (106.021 (1)(a) F.S.). The campaign treasurer does not need to be a registered voter. Read more on the campaign treasurer and campaign finance here.
- What is the responsibility of a treasurer?
- Keep detailed accounts of all contributions received and made by or on behalf of the candidate (106.06 F.S.).
- Accounts must be kept up to date – 2 days after a contribution and/or an expenditure is made.
- Deposit all funds received by the end of the 5th business day into the campaign depository account.
- All deposits shall be accompanied by a bank deposit slip containing the name of each contributor and the amount of each contribution.
- Keep a detailed account of all deposits made in any separate interest-bearing accounts or certificate of deposit, and all withdrawals made from these accounts to the primary depository and all interest earned.
- What is considered a contribution?
Read more on campaign contributions here.
- What are considered unacceptable contributions?
- Any contribution received by a candidate on the day of the election or less than 5 days prior to the day of election.
- This contribution must be returned to the contributor and may not be used or expended by or on behalf of the candidate.
- Anonymous contributions must be reported on the candidate’s campaign treasurer report as an anonymous contribution. A letter should be submitted to the filing officer explaining the circumstances surrounding the acceptance of the anonymous contribution. The anonymous contribution cannot be spent. At the end of the campaign, the candidate must donate the anonymous contribution to an appropriate entity under 106.141 F.S.
- Can I loan myself money for my campaign?
Yes! There are no limits on the amount contributed by the candidate to his/her own campaign.
- Do I have to fill out the new Form 6 Financial Disclosure Form?
Due to new legislation, all elected officials in office on or after January 1, 2024 must fill out the Form 6 - Full and Public Disclosure of Financial Interests. This form will only be required once elected. Please click here to view an informational video on Form 6.
- Do I have to be a resident of Palm Beach to run for Town Council?
Yes! Per Ordinance No. 15-2021, the Town of Palm Beach requires all candidates to have one year of town residency to become a candidate.
- Are the signed petitions mandatory?
Yes! Each candidate must have 25 petitions, verified by the Supervisor of Elections Office. We ask that you submit more than the required amount if more than one of your petitions is not certified.
- Can I put up political signs for my campaign?
Please view the following documents containing state and local regulations on political advertisements:
- Who will see my election documents?
All documents submitted to us are considered a public record. In the spirit of transparency, we will post all election documentation on the Town’s website until the end of the election period.
- Is the Town Clerk’s office responsible for ensuring my forms are correct?
While the Town Clerk is the Qualifying (Filing) Officer for our municipality, pursuant to F.S. 99.061(7)(c), the filing officer performs only a ministerial function in reviewing qualifying papers. Therefore, the Town Clerk may only review the qualifying papers to determine whether all items required have been properly filed and whether each item is complete on its face, but may not determine whether the contents of the qualifying papers are accurate.