The election timeline for the city of Port St. Joe is now in stone.


With two seats on the City Commission in play this spring, candidate qualifying will provide the green flag to any campaign later this month.


Candidate qualifying begins at 12 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 18 and continues for one week, until 12 p.m. ET Wednesday, March 25.


A candidate fee of just over $500 is required to qualify for the ballot.


There are two seats in play, the Group III seat currently occupied by Commissioner Bret Lowry and the District IV seat currently occupied by Commissioner Scott Hoffman.


Both incumbents have indicated publicly they intend to stand for re-election: Hoffman would be seeking his second two-year term, Lowry his third.


At one time commissioners discussed a pair of initiatives pertaining to elections on the ballot, one concerning expanding terms from two to four years and another allowing for qualifying by petition.


Commissioners balked due to the unknown of whether there will be actually be a ballot in the end.


If Hoffman or Lowry garner no opposition they would be automatically re-elected; at this juncture it would be too late to place an additional item on the ballot.


Voter registration books are open and will remain open until Monday, April 13.


Voters must have a valid registration on file with Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon in order to vote.


Election Day is Tuesday, May 12 and polls will be open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. ET.


Early voting will be held May 2-9 (both are Saturdays) and will take place 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET each day, save Sunday when there will be no voting.


All voting, early and on Election Day, will be held at the Supervisor of Elections Office at 401 Long Ave.


Voters may request absentee ballots by calling 229-6117 and will be mailed once printed.