Candidate may obtain a nominating petition from the county election commission office. Each page of the petition must be signed by the candidate and an Election Official and may not be photocopied.
The nominating petition must be signed by at least twenty-five (25) voters who are registered in the candidates district. Each voter who signs the petitions must also supply his or her residence address as it appears on his or her voter registration record. No ditto marks or post office box addresses can be accepted. Each voter must sign his or her own name. Printed signatures are unacceptable.
Independent and Primary candidates shall qualify by filing all nominating petitions by 12:00 noon on the third Thursday in the third calendar month before an election.
Where to File
Candidate must file petition in the county in which he resides. If the elected office the candidate is seeking represents more than one county, it is the candidate's responsibility to provide certified duplicate of the petition to each county by 12 Noon on the qualifying deadline. The copies can either be hand delivered or mailed certified mail. There are no filing fees.
Appointment of Treasurer Form
Upon becoming a candidate, a political treasurer must be appointed. No funds may be received or expended until a treasurer has been appointed. A candidate may appoint himself or herself to this position. A new form must be filed if the treasurer is changed. All signatures on this form must be notarized. This form must be filed with the county election commission office 60 days prior to qualifying deadline.
Statement of Interest
Candidates are required to file this form no later than thirty (30) days following the qualifying deadline. No dollar amounts need to be listed. If a candidate is running for the same office he or she holds and filed an annual statement of interest in JANUARY of the same year as the election, then the candidate is not required to file another statement.