Secretary of State
APRIL 15, 2014
Those seeking nomination at August primary must file on time
LANSING, Mich. – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds candidates for federal, state and local offices that 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 is the filing deadline to qualify for the Aug. 5 primary ballot.
"Our democracy depends on those who get involved and work to improve their communities by serving in public office," said Johnson, Michigan's chief elections officer.
"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."
Legislation was approved in 2012 that moved the filing deadline for this year's election cycle up, three weeks earlier than in past years. The April 22 deadline applies to partisan candidates for governor; U.S. Senate; U.S. House; state House and Senate; select county offices and judicial candidates. It does not include write-ins, or candidates without a political party affiliation, who file under different time frames. Candidates have until 4 p.m. on April 25 to withdraw their names.
Precinct delegate candidates have until 4 p.m. on May 6 to file. Previously, precinct delegates filed with their local city or township clerk. A law change also went into effect this year that now requires these delegate candidates to file with their county clerk.
Candidates for the county offices that will be filled this year and probate court judge candidates file with the county clerk. Clerk contact information can be found online at the Michigan Voter Information Center at www.michigan.gov/vote.
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, U.S. Senate, judicial candidates except probate court judge 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 online here: Affidavit of Identity. These forms, as well as detailed filing requirements for state-level offices may also be found at the Bureau of Elections website at www.michigan.gov/elections under 'Information for Candidates'.
A calendar of all 2014 election-related dates and deadlines can be found here: 2014 Election Dates and Deadlines.
To find Secretary of State office locations and services, visit www.michigan.gov/sos. Sign up for the official Secretary of State Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/michsos and Facebook updates at www.facebook.com/michiganSoS. Online services are available at www.expresssos.com.
Customers may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).
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