Filing for Municipal & Other Nonpartisan Offices



Nonpartisan Municipal Elections

Cities and towns conduct their elections at various times throughout the two-year election cycle.

Municipalities set election dates, filing periods, filing fees, candidate qualifications, methods of election, methods of determining results, and other election-related rules by ordinance.  For specific requirements, check with your municipal or county election commission.

Generally, if the municipality uses the filing by statement of intention of candidacy method, the filing deadline is not later than 60 days prior to the date of the election.  If the municipality holds its election at the same time as the statewide general election, the filing deadline will be earlier.  Check locally for specific deadlines.

Statement of Intention of Candidacy - Nonpartisan Form.

Generally, if the municipality uses the filing by petition method, the filing deadline is not later than 75 days prior to election.  If the municipality holds its election at the same time as the statewide general election, the filing deadline will be earlier.  Check locally for specific deadlines.

Petition Information & Form

Nonpartisan Municipal Special Elections

Non-scheduled elections called special elections are held throughout the year to fill vacancies created by death, resignation or removal from office.  Special elections are held on the 13th Tuesday after the vacancy occurs.  Special elections may also be held to conduct referendums.  These election dates may vary and are set by the city or town council.

Filing deadlines and other rules for municipal elections may vary.  For specific requirements, check with your municipal or county election commission.

Generally, if the municipality uses the filing by statement of candidacy method, the filing deadline is not later than noon, 45 days prior to the date of the election.

Generally, if the municipality uses the filing by petition method, the filing deadline is not later than noon, 60 days prior to election.

Partisan Municipal Elections

Filing rules for partisan municipal elections vary.  Check with your local party or municipal or county election commission for specific requirements.

Other Nonpartisan Elections

Elections for school boards, public service districts, and other non-partisan entities are held at various times throughout the two-year election cycle.  Election dates and rules vary.  Check with your county election commission for specific information related to these elections.

Campaign Disclosure and Ethics Filings

Candidates for municipal and nonpartisan offices must electronically file a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) through the State Ethics Commission website.  Candidates may also be required to make Campaign Disclosure reports.  Visit the State Ethics Commission website for more information.