Candidate Filing Information 2016

Candidate Handbook (PDF)

Candidates for County offices are required to file paperwork with the Department of Elections. If you wish to run for office, you will want to review the following information.Click on the Candidate type:

Partisan Nomination and Nomination other than by Primary Election

Write-In Candidate (Except for Precinct Committeeman)

Precinct Committeeman

CANDIDATE FILING CHECK-LIST:

Partisan Nomination and Nomination Other than by Primary Election

1.  A Political Committee Statement of Organization or a $500 Threshold Exemption Statement must be filed BEFORE accepting contributions, making expenditures, distributing campaign literature or circulating petitions

 2.  The candidate filing period for all other required documents (listed below) begins May 2, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. and ends June 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  Candidates (or their representatives) must present ALL of the following documents at one time.  Candidates will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Partial filings WILL NOT BE accepted!

A.  Nomination Paper, Affidavit of Qualification and Campaign Finance Laws Statement (All three of these are on the same one-page form)

  • Make sure to answer every question and fill in every blank.
  • Write the candidate’s name exactly how he or she wants it to be printed on the ballot.  The candidate’s last name must appear first.  Nicknames are permissible as long as they do not suggest a title.
  • The candidate must sign the form and have his/her signature notarized.*

B.  Financial Disclosure Statement

  • For the 12-month period preceding the filing (This is a different time period from the public officer filing in January).
  • Check the second box “I am a Candidate…”
  • The candidate must sign the form and have the signature notarized.*

C.  Nomination Petitions

  • The candidate must file at least the minimum number of signatures required for the office sought and no more than the maximum number.   The Elections Office cannot accept the nomination papers if the minimum number of signatures have not been obtained.  Signatures in excess of the maximum will not be counted.  
  • Check to see that the circulator portion on the back of each petition is complete:

       Did the circulator print his or her name, residence address, city or town, and county on the back of each petition?

       Did the circulator sign the back of each petition?

  • Check to see that the signature portion of each petition is complete:

      Is there a date for each signature?

      Is there an actual residence address including city or town, or a description of the residence location, for each signature?

  • Check to see that there are no more than 10 signatures on each petition.
  • Incomplete signature lines or signatures in excess of 10 on a petition page cannot be accepted.

 

*The Gila County Division of Election’s staff will notarize forms free of charge, if the signer is present and if the signer presents picture identification.  The candidate must be prepared to present picture identification.  


Write-In Candidate (Except for Precinct Committeeman)

1.  A Political Committee Statement of Organization or a $500 Threshold Exemption Statement must be filed BEFORE accepting contributions, making expenditures, or distributing campaign literature.

2.  The candidate filing period for all other required documents (listed below) ends 40 days prior to the election.  Candidates (or their representatives) must present ALL of these documents at one time.  Candidates will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Partial filings WILL NOT BE accepted!

A.  Write-In Candidate Nomination Paper, Affidavit of Qualification and  Campaign Finance Laws Statement.   (All three of these are on the same one-page form) 

  • Make sure to answer every question and fill in every blank.
  • Write the candidate’s name exactly how he or she wants voters to write it on the ballot.  The candidate’s last name must appear first.  Nicknames are permissible as long as they do not suggest a title.
  • The candidate must sign the form and have the signature notarized.*

B.  Financial Disclosure Statement

  • Covers 12-month period preceding the filing (This is a different time period from the public officer filing in January).
  • Check the second box “I am a Candidate…”
  • The candidate must sign the form and have his/her signature notarized.*

*The Gila County Division of Election’s staff will notarize forms free of charge, if the signer is present and if the signer presents picture identification.  The candidate must be prepared to present picture identification.


Precinct Committeeman

 1.    File the following documents between May 2, 2016 and June 1, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. 

      Partisan Nomination Paper 

      Partisan Nomination Petition(s) 

2.    Documents must be filed with the Gila County Department of Elections at our NEW address: 

5515 S Apache Ave, Suite 900

Globe, AZ  85501

(928) 402-8709 or 8708 or 1-800-425-5095  

  • Filing may be done by mail or in person.
  • Documents will be considered filed on the date received in the elections office.  Mail early in the event of delivery delays.
  • Filing will not be accepted by fax or postmark.
  • Partial filing will not be accepted.  

3. Nomination Petitions:  The candidate must file at least the minimum and no more than the maximum number of signatures required for the office.  (Signature Requirements).  If there are too few signatures, the filing will not be accepted.  A petition does not have to contain 10 signatures.  

4. Before Filing the Petitions - Check the Following: 

  • The circulator portion on the back side is completed and signed. Notarization is not required.
  • The elector signature lines on the front side of each petition are complete. 

5. Nomination Paper: Make sure to answer every question and fill in every blank. 

  • Insert the candidate’s name exactly how it is to appear on the ballot. 
  • The candidate’s last name appears first, then the first name.  A middle or nickname is optional.
  • Nicknames are permissible as long as they do not suggest a title. 
  • The candidate must sign the form and have their signature notarized.*  

 

* Election’s office staff will notarize free of charge.  The signer must sign in person and present picture identification.  Additional forms are available at the Gila County Elections office.