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​Ru​nning for Office

Note: A candidate declaration of candidacy or petition of nomination for an election in 2018 may not be filed with a county or state office for processing until January 10, 2018 ​

Deadlines

Please consult the 2018 Indiana Election Calendar​​ to verify all candidacy deadlines. 

Federal Offices

If you are running for federal office like President, US House of Representatives or US Senate, you will want to visit the web sites of the federal Election Assistance Commission and the Indiana Election Division. These two offices will be the best resource for you; however, your local Election Board can provide you with the appropriate petitions, if required to file for the position you are seeking.

State Offices

If you are running for statewide office like Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, etc. or running for the Indiana House of Representatives or Indiana State Senate, you will want to visit the web site of the Indiana Election Division or contact their office at (317) 232-3939 as campaign finance reports and many candidate filing documents are filed with their office. However, your local Election Board can provide you with the appropriate petitions, if required to file for the position you are seeking.

Judicial Offices

Judicial candidates have special rules outlined by the Indiana Supreme Court as well as those by Indiana state law. Their filing process is unique to the position, as they file their candidacy with the Indiana Election Division but file campaign finance reports with their local Election Board. If you have questions about candidate filing as a judicial officer, you are encouraged to contact the Indiana Election Division at (317) 232-3939. Questions about campaign finance for those seeking a judicial office in Marion County can contact our office at (317) 327-5100.

Local Offices

The Marion County Election Board has resources for candidates running for county-wide, township and other local offices like City-County Council. Candidates running as a major party candidate (Democrat or Republican) are encouraged to contact their local political party first to learn of any party rules that may impact. Here Is A List Of Offices On The Ballot In 2018.

If you are seeking nomination from one of the major political parties, then you’ll likely be part of the state’s primary election held in May. These candidates appear on November’s general election ballot along with third party, minor party and write-in candidates. Additionally, some statewide candidates like Secretary of State and Auditor are appointed at each state party's convention in the summer and then appear on the general election ballot in the fall. Nearly every candidate (there are a few exclusions as noted in the resource packets) is required to open a campaign finance committee and file the appropriate documents on or before the deadlines outlined in state law.

Marion County candidates can download the following packets to help guide you through the process.  These documents are not intended to be legal advice and candidates are encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney whenever your important legal rights are involved:

You are also strongly encouraged to review the materials available on the Indiana Election Division’s web site to ensure compliance with the state’s rules and regulations:

2018 Indiana Candidate Guide
2018 Indiana Campaign Finance Manual

School Board

School Board candidates follow a different process to run for office. The do not run in a primary election as their offices are considered non-partisan. These offices appear on the ballot in November’s general election. Candidates also file petitions with their local Election Board in order for their name to appear on the ballot. Before downloading the resource packet below, candidates are encouraged to contact their local school corporation to understand their residency and other office requirements adopted by their School Board as required by state law.

As a school board candidate, you must open a campaign finance committee and file the appropriate documents on or before the statutory deadlines if you plan to raise or spend at least $500 (even if it’s your own money). You are strongly encouraged to review the following materials available on the Indiana Election Division’s web site to ensure compliance with the state’s rules and regulations:

2018 Indiana Candidate Guide
2018 Indiana Campaign Finance Manual

Independent or Minor Party Candidates

Independent or minor party candidates for federal, state, or local office who wish to have their name appear on the November 2018 ballot must collect signatures of registered voters within the election district totalling at least 2% of the total votes cast in the 2014 Secretary of State race. Please consult the 2018 Petition Signature Requirements to determine the number of signatures required for the office of your choice.