May 31, 2012
The candidate filing period in Vermont began this past Tuesday, May 29th, and runs through Thursday June 14th. The primary election will be held August 28, 2012
A total of 188 offices
are up for election this year at the state and federal levels.
In order to appear on the primary ballot, potential candidates must file Consent of Candidate forms and nominating petitions, which are available online through the Vermont Secretary of State's Elections Division. Major party candidates for statewide or Congressional seats must obtain 500 signatures and file with the Vermont Secretary of State. Candidates for the state Senate must obtain 100 signatures and file with the Senatorial District Clerk. Candidates wishing to run for the Vermont House of Representatives must collect 50 signatures and file with the Representative District Clerk. For independent candidates, the signature requirements are the same, but all paperwork must be filed with the Vermont Secretary of State.