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Information for Candidates - Running for Office

How to Obtain a Nominating Signature Petition

Nominating petitions are available from election officials on the county and local levels.  The type of petition needed depends on the office sought and party affiliation.  Michigan Election Law determines the format of the petitions candidates use when collecting signatures (P.A. 116 Section 168.544c).  Candidates can determine the number of signatures required on a nominating petition by referring to the Signature Requirements. Candidates may make photo copies of the petition provided the copies are exactly the same as the original petitions. Candidates who are affiliated with political parties that are running for the offices of state senator, state representative or any county offices may file a $100.00 fee instead of filing a nominating petition. Persons wishing to run with no party affiliation must file qualifying petitions and may not file a fee.  Any school board candidate may file the $100.00 fee, regardless of party affiliation.
 

Candidate Filing Locations

OFFICE
CANDIDATE - FILING OFFICIAL
CAMPAIGN FINANCE - FILING OFFICIAL
U.S. Senate
State
State
U.S. Congressional
State
State
Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Board of Education, U of M Regent, MSU Trustees, Wayne SU Governors, Justice of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Court and District Court
State
State
Probate Court
County
State
State Senate 26th District
State
State
State Representative District 72
State
State
State Representative District 80
County
State
County Clerk/Register, Treasurer, Sheriff, Surveyor, Prosecuting Attorney & Drain Commissioner
County
County
County Commissioners
County
County
City/Township Office (Mayor, Supervisor, Treasurer, Clerk, Council, Trustees, Constables, Park Commissioners and Township Library Trustees*)
Appropriate City/Township Clerk
County
 
Village Office (President, Clerk, Treasurer, Trustee)
 
Appropriate Village Clerk
 
County
School Board Members
County Clerk
County - Candidates in a school district with a pupil enrollment of less the 2,400 do not need to file Campaign Finance unless they spend or receive in excess of $1000
Precinct Delegate
County Clerk
Do Not File Campaign Finance