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Winter Garden Election Information

Next election date is March 10, 2020 for Districts 1 and 5.

The information contained herein is based on laws and election requirements for the City of Winter Garden elections.

Click here for access to Florida Statutes Chapter 106

The following information is not intended to constitute everything contained in the City's Charter and Code of Ordinances on this subject. Therefore, please refer to Article V of the City Charter and Chapter 2, Article V of the Code of Ordinances.


  • Shall have been a resident of the city and district in which you run for 1 year
    immediately prior to the end of qualifying.
  • Shall have been a registered voter in the district in which you run for 1 year
    immediately prior to the end of qualifying.
  • Shall not hold any other public office, except that of notary public, an office in the National Guard, or an office in an organized reserve of the armed forces of the United States.

At-Large Candidates

Only the Mayor’s seat (District 5) is elected at-large by all registered voters.

Election Dates and Terms of Office

The regular City election is held the second Tuesday in March of each year a term expires and is for a term of three (3) years.  No election is required if the incumbent is unopposed.

Non-partisan Elections

All elections are conducted on a non-partisan basis without any designation of political party affiliation.


Begins at noon the 3rd Tuesday in January and ends at noon on the 7th day after the date registration commences.  The qualifying fee is 1% of the annual salary of the office sought plus a $15 filing fee.

Order of seats elected

  • Mayor and District 1 Commission seats are to be elected in 2017, 2020, 2023.....
  • Districts 2, 3, and 4 Commission seats are elected 2018, 2021, 2024....

    No elections are scheduled in 2019, 2022...

City Canvassing Board

The City Canvassing Board consists of the City Clerk and two (2) citizens appointed annually by the City Commission. Additionally, two citizens are appointed by the City Commission to serve as alternate members.

After the polls close on Election Day, the board shall meet and proceed to canvass any vote-by-mail and provisional ballots cast. After canvassing the board shall cause the City Clerk to prepare a certificate, containing the total number of votes cast for each person or other measure voted upon, on which each Canvassing Board member present will sign the official certificate of election results.

Note: The City Commission may deem it necessary to delegate canvassing board duties to the Orange County Supervisor of Elections.

Term Begins
At the next regularly scheduled City Commission meeting, after the election, the oath of office is administered.

Run-off Election (if necessary)

Second Tuesday in April.

Should you need more information or assistance, please contact the City Supervisor of Elections, at (407) 656-4111 Ext. 2297 or you may contact the Orange County Supervisor of Elections regarding voter registration or vote-by-mail voting by calling (407) 836-2070.

Related Web Links:

State and County Division of Elections:
Florida Department of State Division of Elections

Orange County Office of Supervisor of Elections:

State of Florida Commission on Ethics:

Candidate Forms
Number Description
DS-DE 12 Campaign Treasurer's Report - Summary
DS-DE 13 Campaign Treasurer's Report - Itemized Contributions
DS-DE 14 Campaign Treasurer's Report - Itemized Expenditures
DS-DE 87 Waiver of Report
DS-DE 84 Statement of Candidate

Official Election Results
General March 14, 2017
Special January 24, 2017
General March 10, 2015
General March 11, 2014
General March 13, 2012
Run-off April 12, 2011
General March 8, 2011
General March 10, 2009
Run-off February 26, 2008
General January 26, 2008
General March 13, 2007
Run-off April 11, 2006
General March 14, 2006

Charter Amendment Special Election in 2007