the right to be a candidate


THIS IS A NONPARTISAN GUIDE TO U.S. FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL ELECTIONS, INCLUDING SCHOOL BOARD AND STUDENT ELECTIONS. YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN BALLOT MEASURES, CANDIDATES, POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS, LEGAL RESEARCH, PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, RIGHT TO BE A CANDIDATE, RIGHT TO VOTE AND STUDENT CIVIC & POLITICAL GROUPS.

constitutional qualifications, FEES & LEGAL PAPERWORK

  • FEDERAL CONSTITUTION - MUST BE A CITIZEN, HAVE MINIMUM RESIDENCY IN THE STATE, MUST BE OF A MINIMUM AGE.  STATES DETERMINE FILING FEES AND RELATED PAPERWORK.
  • MINNESOTA SECRETARY OF STATE
  • NORTH DAKOTA SECRETARY OF STATE
  • WISCONSIN SECRETARY OF STATE - ELECTION DIVISION

ballot access - primary & general election

  • BALLOT ACCESS NEWS - ONLINE NEWSLETTER PROVIDING NEWS AND ANALYSIS ON BALLOT ACCESS LAW IN AMERICA.  THESE ARE THE PETITIONING/FEE-BASED RULES THAT A CANDIDATE MUST COMPLETE IN ORDER TO GAIN A SPOT ON THE ELECTION BALLOT.  THE SECRETARY OF STATE WEBSITE HAS INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO THE STATE.

RIGHT TO BE A CANDIDATE - PROPOSED LEGISLATION

campaign finance - RULES & REGULATIONS

debate inclusion - RULES & REGULATIONS