Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Wisconsin

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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Wisconsin. Offices included are:

This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Wisconsin. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included.

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Year-specific dates


See also: Wisconsin elections, 2014

Wisconsin will have a primary for statewide and legislative offices will be held on August 12, 2014 and a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The 2014 filing deadline for all candidates running for statewide and legislative office is June 2, 2014 (for filing nomination papers and declaration of candidacy) and June 5, 2014 (for filing a Statement of Economic Interest).[1] The deadline for filing a petition to become a Ballot Status Party is April 1, 2014.[2]

Deadline Event
April 1, 2014 Deadline to file petition for a new political party to become a Ballot Status Party
June 2, 2014 Deadline for statewide and legislative candidates to register their campaign committees

Deadline for statewide and legislative candidates to file their Nomination Paper for Partisan Office form
Deadline for statewide and legislative candidates to file their Declaration of Candidacy form

June 5, 2014 Deadline for statewide and legislative candidates to file their Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) form
August 12, 2014 State Primary Date
November 4, 2014 General election

Political parties

See also: List of political parties in the United States

As of October 2013, there are three recognized political parties in Wisconsin.[3]

There is a difference between the official recognition of a political party and a party designation in some states. These political designations are not officially recognized political parties. Designations are often formed around a particular cause or ideology.[4]

Candidates can sometimes appear on the ballot under a political designation while other times appearing under a political party. This may involve a particular state's law regarding by-law requirements, petitions, or other factors. In some cases, official parties may receive state funding or the right to a state-sanctioned primary. Other states, for example, may require a candidate to run as a member of a political group before it is recognized as a full party, requiring that candidate to earn a certain percentage of the votes cast in that election for the identified group to be considered a party.

Party Website link By-laws/Platform link
Republican Party Official party website Party platform
Democratic Party Official party website Party by-laws
Constitution Party Official party website Party platform

Election-related agencies

Figure 1: This is the Declaration of Candidacy Form.
See also: State election agencies

Candidates running for office will require some form of interaction with the following agencies:

Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
212 East Washington Avenue, Third Floor
PO Box 7984
Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7984
Phone: 608-266-8005
Toll-free: 1-866-VOTE-WIS
FAX: 608-267-0500
Contact website:

Term limits

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials
See also: State executives with term limits and States with gubernatorial term limits

There are no term limits for Wisconsin state executive positions.

State legislatures

See also: State legislatures with term limits

There are no term limits placed on Wisconsin state legislators.

Congressional partisanship

See also: List of United States Representatives from Wisconsin and List of United States Senators from Wisconsin

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Wisconsin:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Wisconsin
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 1 3 4
     Republican Party 1 5 6
TOTALS as of April 2015 2 8 10

State legislative partisanship

Portal:State legislatures

Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Wisconsin:

State Senate

Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 14
     Republican Party 18
     Vacancy 1
Total 33

State house

Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 36
     Republican Party 63
Total 99

See also

External links



  1. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Ballot Access Checklist for 2014 Statewide and Legislative Candidates," Accessed November 7, 2013
  2. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board "Ballot Petition Form for Parties," Accessed November 7, 2013
  3. Ballotpedia e-mail correspondence with Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, September 23, 2013
  4. Based on research conducted by Ballotpedia staff in October 2013. This included phone calls to the 50 states and analysis of the state political party websites.