What is the purpose of the commission?
The purpose of the commission is to enforce Florida's election
and campaign finance
laws and ensure transparency in Florida's elections.
What is the composition of the commission?
The Florida Elections Commission
is composed of nine members
appointed by the governor for four-year terms. Members are limited to serving no more than two terms. The chair of the commission serves a maximum term of four years with his or her term running concurrently with the term of the appointing Governor.
While administratively housed within the Department of Legal Affairs
, the commission is an independent entity and not subject to the department's control, supervision, or direction.
What does the commission do?
Commission staff members investigate alleged violations of campaign finance laws and make a recommendation to the commission on whether there is probable cause to find a violation of Florida's election laws. If the commission finds probable cause, a commission attorney prosecutes the case in an administrative hearing, either before the Division of Administrative Hearings or before the commission. The commission also hears appeals from the imposition of automatic fines levied by filing officers for late-filed reports.
The commission maintains a website that contains listings of final orders issued by the courts. The commission also publishes the rules by which it governs and a listing of its meetings, members, and minutes.
How can I file a complaint?
How has the commission performed?
In Fiscal Year 2018-19, the commission closed 73% of its cases within 12 months, below the approved performance standard of 80% of cases closed within 12 months.
How are these activities funded?
Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?
A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website
Where can I get more information?
What are the applicable statutes?
Whom do I contact for help?