Signature requirements and deadlines for 2013 state government elections

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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.

Three states - New Jersey, Virginia and Wisconsin - will hold statewide elections in 2013. Stay tuned for updates.

Primary Information for 2013

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2013 State Executive Primary Information
State Signature Filing Deadline Primary Date Notes/Costs for candidates Days between Deadline and Primary
New Jersey 4/1/2013 6/04/2013 Candidates for Governor must submit 1,000 signatures.[1] 64
Virginia 3/28/2013 6/11/2013 (Republican convention will be held 5/18/2013) Democratic primary** candidates for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General must pay a filing fee equaling 2% of the annual salary for the office during the year of the filing (Governor-$3,500.00;Lieutenant Governor-$726.42;Attorney General-$3,000.00) and submit at least 10,000 signatures, including a minimum of 400 from each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts.[2][3] The deadline to file for the general election for Independent party candidates is 6/17/2013 and 6/11/2013 for non-party candidates.[4] 74
Wisconsin 1/2/2013 2/19/2013 Candidates for Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction must submit 2,000-4,000 signatures to qualify for ballot placement.[5] 48

**Beginning in 2013, the Republican party of Virginia will select its candidates for governor, lt. governor, and attorney general by a party-funded primary nominating convention. The Democratic party will continue to nominate gubernatorial candidates by taxpayer-funded primary election.

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2013 state legislative elections
2013 State Legislative Primary Information
State Signature Filing Deadline Primary Date Notes/Costs for candidates Days between Deadline and Primary
New Jersey 4/1/2013 6/04/2013 Nomination petitions of candidates for Senate and General Assembly must contain the signatures of at least 100 voters in the legislative district. Candidates are required to disclose any criminal convictions.[6] 64
Virginia 3/28/2013 6/11/2013 Nomination petitions must contain the signatures of at least 125 qualified voters in the legislative district. Major party candidates are required to submit a primary filing fee equal to 2% of the annual salary for the office sought in effect in the year in which the candidate files. In 2013, the primary filing fee is $352.80.[7] 74

Maine article: Petition drive deadlines, 2013
State Filing deadline for 2013 ballot Signatures for amendment Signatures for statute Signatures for veto referendum[8]
Colorado August 5 Red padlock.png[9] 86,105 86,105 86,105
Maine January 24 Red padlock.png N/A 57,277 57,277
Ohio July 3 Red padlock.png 385,245 115,574[10] 231,150
Washington January 4 (ITL)Red padlock.png, July 5 Red padlock.png (ITP) N/A 246,372 123,186

See also


  1. New Jersey Department of State "Requirements for Partisan Candidates in the Primary Election" accessed December 10, 2012
  2. Virginia General Assembly, "Code of Virginia Title 24.2 Chapter 5-23," accessed December 10, 2012
  3. Virginia General Assembly, "Title 24.2 Chapter 5-06 Code of Virginia," accessed December 10, 2012
  4. Virginia State Board of Elections, "2013 Candidate Bulletins- Statewide office," accessed January 14, 2013
  5. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "2013 Ballot Access Checklist for nonpartisan offices," accessed December 10, 2012
  6. New Jersey Department of State, "Petition filing instruction sheet," accessed January 14, 2013
  7. Virginia State Board of Elections, "Candidacy Requirements for House of Delegates," accessed January 16, 2013
  8. Veto referendums, in most states, require a deadline of a certain amount of days after a targeted law is passed. Therefore, the deadlines in this chart do not apply to veto referendums. Deadlines can be found in a proposed veto referendum's article on Ballotpedia.
  9. Colorado Secretary of State, "Signature Requirements for Statewide Initiative Petitions", Retrieved January 2, 2013
  10. Ohio uses both direct and indirect initiated statues. For the Legislature to consider an indirect statute, 115,574 signatures is needed, which equals to three percent of the total number of ballots casted in the 2010 Governor's election. If the Legislature fails to qualify the statute, a sponsor must collect an additional 115,574 signatures.