Indiana Candidate Filing: Deadlines and Forms

Author: Jeff Barranco

Are you thinking about running as a candidate in 2018? If so, then you will need to file the appropriate paperwork with the State or County in which you reside. The first day to file for candidacy for most elected positions is Wednesday, January 10, 2018. If you are seeking election as a major party primary candidate then you will have until noon on Friday, February 9th to submit your candidate filing. For independent or minor party candidates you will have until July 2, 2018, to file a petition for nomination with the county voter registration office to be placed on the general election ballot.

For those contemplating a School Board position, relax, you have some time to decide. The filing period for School Board candidates is Wednesday, July 25th through Friday, August 24th.

Now that we know the when, what needs to be filed? The Indiana Election Division webpage has the list of candidate forms. While there are numerous types of forms, most candidates will fall under the CAN-2 Declaration of Candidacy for Primary Nomination in 2018. If you are running as a Precinct Committeeman or State Convention Delegate, then you will need to fill out a CAN-37.

If you are running for a State-wide position; Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, and you are an independent or minor party candidate, then you must meet the signature requirements. For example, a minor party or independent candidate for the office of Secretary of State must obtain signatures of registered voters equal to 2% of the total votes cast for secretary of state in the 2014 general election for the entire state or 26,699. This signature requirement also applies to independent or minor party candidates for U.S. Senator. For more information please see the 2018 Candidate Guide as found at

Now that you’ve filed your candidacy don’t forget to create your Candidates Committee and file paperwork with the Indiana Election Division or your local County Election Board. Don’t know what a Candidate’s Committee is, no worries. We’ll have another article on Candidate’s Committees soon.

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