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 17,2011 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 September 6-8, 2011. 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 June 1, 2011[1] August 2 The 2010 federal decennial census was not received by the Governor of the State of Mississippi by January 1, 2011, and thus the qualifying deadline for legislative offices was moved to 5 p.m. on June 1, 2011 as opposed to March 1. 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[2]. 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.

!-There is legislation pending in the Virginia General Assembly to change the 2011 primary date from June 14 to August 23, 2010[3] [4].

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