Special Announcement:

The following special procedure applies to certain candidates filing petitions to qualify for the August 4, 2020 ballot.  The prior requirement that candidates file a Statement of Organization with the Federal Election Commission or the Bureau of Elections by March 10, 2020 no longer apply.  The procedure pertains only to offices that do not include an option to file with a filing fee. This means that the order doesn’t apply to any county or township office, nor does it apply to the office of State Representative. The only offices affected are: U.S. Senate

  • U.S. Congress
  • Wayne County Community College Trustee
  • All Judicial Offices (only for candidates who are not the current incumbent)
  • Any city office where the city charter does not allow the option to file with a fee

For these offices and candidates only, the procedure:

  1. Extends the filing deadline to May 22nd at 4:00 p.m. for candidates that did not file nominating petitions by 5:00 p.m. on May 8, 2020.  Signatures must have been obtained on or before May 8, 2020.  The candidate listing will be updated as soon as possible after the filing deadline.
  2. Reduces the signature requirement by 50 percent. For example, a Congressional candidate required by statute to provide at least 1,000 signatures would now have to provide at least 500. The maximum number of signatures that may be submitted is unaffected.
  3. Allows candidates to collect signature images and submit petition sheets electronically.

The procedure also adjusts the challenge deadline.  Copies of these petitions for challenge purposes must be submitted to Elections@Michigan.gov and must be received by May 22nd.  Challenges must be submitted to the Bureau of Elections by May 26th at 9:00 a.m.  This challenge deadline is extended only for candidates submitting nominating petitions between May 20th and May 22nd.  Challenges should be submitted by email to Elections@Michigan.gov with a hard copy to follow.  

This process is being implemented consistent with a May 20, 2020, federal district court order.