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Candidates must file their nomination papers within 14 days after the political party nominating convention but no later than 4 p.m. on June 10, 2014. For the general election, petition candidates must file by August 6, 2014, and write-in candidates must file by October 21, 2014.<ref>Ballotpedia phone call with Secretary of State Office Election Division on December 3, 2013</ref><ref>Ballotpedia email with elections officer at the Connecticut Secretary of State Office, September 10, 2013</ref><ref>[http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap153.htm#Sec9-373a.htm ''Connecticut Statutes'', "Section 9-373a," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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Candidates must file their nomination papers within 14 days after the political party nominating convention but no later than 4 p.m. on June 10, 2014. For the general election, petition candidates must file by August 6, 2014, and write-in candidates must file by October 21, 2014.<ref>Ballotpedia phone call with Secretary of State Office Election Division on December 3, 2013</ref><ref>Ballotpedia email with elections officer at the Connecticut Secretary of State Office, September 10, 2013</ref><ref>[http://www.cga.ct.gov/2011/pub/chap153.htm#Sec9-373a.htm ''Connecticut Statutes'', "Section 9-373a," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
 
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Party convention endorsements were made in late May and certified to the [[Connecticut Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] within 14 days of the convention's close. Also within 14 days, candidates who received 15% of the convention vote had to file a document with the Secretary of State confirming their intention to run and verifying the required vote. Major party candidates seeking to qualify by petition had to file their signatures with the appropriate registrars of voters by June 12 in order to participate in the primary.<ref name="calendar">[http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/lib/sots/electionservices/calendars/2012_election/2012_election_calendar.pdf Secretary of State, "2012 State Election Calendar," November 2011]</ref>
 
Party convention endorsements were made in late May and certified to the [[Connecticut Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] within 14 days of the convention's close. Also within 14 days, candidates who received 15% of the convention vote had to file a document with the Secretary of State confirming their intention to run and verifying the required vote. Major party candidates seeking to qualify by petition had to file their signatures with the appropriate registrars of voters by June 12 in order to participate in the primary.<ref name="calendar">[http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/lib/sots/electionservices/calendars/2012_election/2012_election_calendar.pdf Secretary of State, "2012 State Election Calendar," November 2011]</ref>

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This page details Connecticut signature requirements. In many states, the signatures of registered voters must be collected to place candidates or initiatives on the ballot. However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures.

Federal offices

In Connecticut, one major party candidate for each primary is chosen by party convention. However, major party candidates who received at least 15% of the vote in any convention vote (final or otherwise) may also file for the office. Major party candidates who were not voted on or who did not receive 15% of the vote may also qualify for the primary by petition. Candidates must collect the signatures of 2% of the party's registered voters in the relevant district.[1]

Minor parties do not conduct primaries and nominate only one candidate for the general election. Potential minor party candidates for races where the minor party has not nominated a candidate may qualify by petition. Candidates must collect signatures equal to 1% of the vote cast for the office in the previous election or 7,500, whichever is less. In addition, the chair or secretary of the minor party must endorse the candidate.[2][3]

Candidates who are not members of existing major or minor parties may file a candidate petition with a no party designation or under a new party designation not taken by an existing party. For these candidate petitions, candidates must collect signatures equal to 1% of the vote cast for the office in the previous election or 7,500, whichever is less. A separate procedure exists for reserving a new party designation and requires the signatures of twenty-five people who will constitute the party designation committee.[3]

Write-in votes are only accepted in the general election. Write-in candidates must register with the state at least two weeks (14 days) prior to the election.[4]

Filing deadlines

2014

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 U.S. Congress elections

Candidates must file their nomination papers within 14 days after the political party nominating convention but no later than 4 p.m. on June 10, 2014. For the general election, petition candidates must file by August 6, 2014, and write-in candidates must file by October 21, 2014.[5][6][7]

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections

Party convention endorsements were made in late May and certified to the Secretary of State within 14 days of the convention's close. Also within 14 days, candidates who received 15% of the convention vote had to file a document with the Secretary of State confirming their intention to run and verifying the required vote. Major party candidates seeking to qualify by petition had to file their signatures with the appropriate registrars of voters by June 12 in order to participate in the primary.[8]

Independent candidates had to file their petitions with the Secretary of State or appropriate town clerk by August 8 in order to participate in the general election. Minor parties had to select general election candidates by September 5. Write-in candidates had to register with the Secretary of State by October 23.[8]

State offices

In Connecticut, one major party candidate for each primary is chosen by party convention. However, major party candidates who received at least 15% of the vote in any convention vote (final or otherwise) may also file for the office. Major party candidates who were not voted on or who did not receive 15% of the vote may also qualify for the primary by petition. Candidates must collect the signatures of 2% of the party's registered voters in the relevant district.[9]

Minor parties do not conduct primaries and nominate only one candidate for the general election. Potential minor party candidates for races where the minor party has not nominated a candidate may qualify by petition. Candidates must collect signatures equal to 1% of the vote cast for the office in the previous election or 7,500, whichever is less. In addition, the chair or secretary of the minor party must endorse the candidate.[10][3]

Candidates who are not members of existing major or minor parties may file a candidate petition with a no party designation or under a new party designation not taken by an existing party. For these candidate petitions, candidates must collect signatures equal to 1% of the vote cast for the office in the previous election or 7,500, whichever is less. A separate procedure exists for reserving a new party designation and requires the signatures of twenty-five people who will constitute the party designation committee.[3]

Write-in votes are only accepted in the general election. Write-in candidates must register with the Secretary of State at least two weeks (14 days) prior to the election.[11]

Filing deadlines

2014

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 state government elections

Candidates must file their nomination papers within 14 days after the political party nominating convention but no later than 4 p.m. on June 10, 2014. For the general election, petition candidates must file by August 6, 2014, and write-in candidates must file by October 21, 2014.[12][13][14]

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections

Party convention endorsements were made in late May and certified to the Secretary of State within 14 days of the convention's close. Also within 14 days, candidates who received 15% of the convention vote had to file a document with the Secretary of State confirming their intention to run and verifying the required vote. Major party candidates seeking to qualify by petition had to file their signatures with the appropriate registrars of voters by June 12 in order to participate in the primary.[8]

Independent candidates had to file their petitions with the Secretary of State or appropriate town clerk by August 8 in order to participate in the general election. Minor parties had to select general election candidates by September 5. Write-in candidates had to register with the Secretary of State by October 23.[8]

Ballot measures

Connecticut is one of the 24 states that do not have initiative and referendum.

See also

2012

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References