Filing for Candidacy
General Candidate Requirements
Unless otherwise specified, all candidates must be registered to vote in the state, qualified to vote in an election for the office sought, and 21 years old by the date of the election. Find additional requirements for certain offices on the General Candidate Requirements page.
Notice of Candidacy
Candidates must file their 2021 Notice of Candidacy form (coming soon) with the proper board of elections. Find more information on where and how to file on the Notice of Candidacy page.
In addition to the Notice of Candidacy form, a candidate must affirm whether or not they have ever been convicted of a felony by submitting the Felony Disclosure form. A felony conviction need not be disclosed if the conviction was dismissed as a result of reversal on appeal or resulted in a pardon of innocence or expungement.
A prior felony conviction does not preclude holding elective office if the candidate’s rights of citizenship have been restored, with the exception of the office of Sheriff. No one may file for sheriff who has been convicted of a felony, even after his or her citizenship rights have been fully restored.
When a candidate files a notice of candidacy, he or she also must pay a filing fee for the office sought. Find a chart of filing fees by office, as well as information about where candidates for specific offices file their notices of candidacy on the Filing Fees page.