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Office of the Attorney General (Department of Legal Affairs)

Florida Elections Commission

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?

To file a complaint, print the commission's electronic form and mail the completed form to the commission.

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?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions

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?

Other Reports
The Auditor General reports on department operations are available on its website.
Websites of Interest
County Supervisors of Election
Department of State Division of Elections
Federal Election Commission
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapters 104 and 106, and s. 105.071, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Clerk of the Commission, 850-922-4539, email:  fec@myfloridalegal.com