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This page details Delaware 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

Filing fees are set by each political party. However, the fee may not exceed 1% of the total salary of the position over the term of office. If a candidate can establish an inability to pay, the candidate may file a nominating petition signed by 1% of the state's registered voters. Minor parties select candidates for the general election by convention--no fee is required.[1]

In order to appear on the general election ballot, independent candidates must file a nominating petition signed by 1% of the state's registered voters. Write-in candidates must register with the State Election Commissioner.[2][3]

Filing deadlines

2012

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

By July 10, 2012, major party candidates had to file with the State Election Commissioner. Major party candidates also had to give notice of their candidacy to party officials by the same date. Independent candidates had to file their nominating petitions by July 15. Minor parties had to nominate candidates by August 1, and write-in candidates had to register by October 1.[4][1]

State offices

Statewide executive offices

Filing fees are set by each political party. However, the fee may not exceed 1% of the total salary of the position over the term of office. If a candidate can establish an inability to pay, the candidate may file a nominating petition signed by 1% of the state's registered voters. Minor parties select candidates for the general election by convention--no fee is required.[1]

In order to appear on the general election ballot, independent candidates must file a nominating petition signed by 1% of the state's registered voters. Write-in candidates must register with the State Election Commissioner.[5][6]

State legislature

Filing fees are set by each political party. However, the fee may not exceed 1% of the total salary of the position over the term of office. If a candidate can establish an inability to pay, the candidate may file a nominating petition signed by 1% of the registered voters in the relevant district. Minor parties select candidates for the general election by convention--no fee is required.[1]

In order to appear on the general election ballot, independent candidates must file a nominating petition signed by 1% of the registered voters in the relevant district. Write-in candidates must register with the county Department of Elections.[7][8]

Filing deadlines

2012

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

By July 10, 2012, major party candidates had to file with the State Election Commissioner (for statewide offices) or the appropriate County Department of Elections for legislative and municipal races. Major party candidates also had to give notice of their candidacy to party officials by the same date. Independent candidates had to file their nominating petitions by July 15. Minor parties had to nominate candidates by August 1, and write-in candidates had to register by October 1.[9][1]

Ballot measures

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

See also

2012

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