Virginia signature requirements

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This page details Virginia 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

U.S. Senate and U.S. House

Candidates for Senate must submit at least 10,000 signatures from qualified voters of the Commonwealth including at least 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts.[1] Candidates for House must pay a $3,480 filing fee and submit at least 1,000 signatures.[2]

Filing deadlines


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

In 2012, the last day to file to run in the June 12, 2012 primary was 5pm on March 29, 2012.

State offices

Filing deadlines


See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2011 state government elections

In 2012 Virginia held no elections for state house, state senate, or state executive offices.

Ballot measures

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