Signature requirements and deadlines for 2011 state government elections

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Note: The signature-filing deadline is the date by which candidates must file nominating signatures with election officials in order to have their name placed on the ballot.

The 5 states below will hold statewide elections in 2011. Kentucky will not be holding state legislative elections. Kentucky has elections for statewide officials, such as Governor.

Primary Information for 2011

2011 State Legislative Primary Information
State Nominating Signature Deadline Primary Date Notes/Costs for candidates
Kentucky January 25, 2011 at 4 p.m. local time May 27,2011 Candidates must pay a $500 fee to KY Secretary of State to Run for Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Agricultural Secretary, and Agriculture Commissioner. State legislative candidates must pay $200 to file to run.
Louisiana February 11, 2011 at 5 p.m. local time. October 22 There are several methods by which a candidate can qualify for the ballot. For State Representative, a fee of $225, Central Committee Fee of $112.50, and a Parish Executive Committee Fee(If Assessed) of $112.50. Candidates can obtain 400 signatures in lieu of a fee. State Senator candidates must pay $300, a Central Committee Fee of $150, a Parish Executive Committee Fee(If Assessed) of $150. Candidates can obtain 500 signatures in lieu of fee.
Mississippi March 1 August 2 If the 2010 federal decennial census has not been received from the United States Secretary of Commerce by the Governor of the State of Mississippi by January 1, 2011, then the qualifying deadline for legislative offices shall be 5 p.m. on June 1, 2011. Party candidates must pay a fee of $15, while Independent candidates must obtain 50 signatures but are not required to pay a fee.
New Jersey April 10, 2011 June 7 100 Signatures, No filing fees required
Virginia The filing deadlines have not been set as the Commonwealth awaits results from redistricting[1]. June 14 Independents must file petitions. Party candidates are selected by parties and must pay filing fee of 2% of the salary of the office he/she is seeking.

See also


  1. [Confirmed with VA State Board of Elections on November 17, 2010]