Candidate filing deadline is May 11

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APRIL 29, 2010

Those seeking nomination at August primary must file

Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land reminds candidates for federal, state and local offices that 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 11 is the filing deadline to qualify for the Aug. 3 primary ballot.

"Many people have already made the commitment to pursue elective office in order to serve their communities," said Land, Michigan's chief elections officer. "Our democracy thrives on those who stand up and get involved. For those who have not yet filed for office but are considering it, I encourage you to do so quickly, as time is running short."

The deadline applies to partisan candidates for governor, U.S. House, state House and state Senate, and county and township offices. Precinct delegate candidates are also required to file by May 11. It does not include judicial candidates, write-ins, or candidates without political party affiliation, who file under different time frames. Candidates have until 4 p.m. on May 14 to withdraw their names.

Candidates for the township offices that will be filled this year file with the township clerk. Candidates for the county offices that will be filled this year file with the county clerk.

Candidates for the state Senate, state House of Representatives or the U.S. House of Representatives, whose district is wholly contained in one county, file with the county clerk. Candidates for governor and those state Senate, state House and U.S. House candidates whose districts fall in more than one county file at the Bureau of Elections in Lansing.

All candidates must file Affidavit of Identity forms, which can be obtained from any local clerk or the Bureau of Elections. They also are available on the Department of State Web site at

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