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Eligibility for Public Office

    To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a public elective office in this state, a person must:
           
 
  • be a United States citizen
  • be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable
  • have not been determined mentally incompetent by a final judgment of a court
  • have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities
  • have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
    • for a candidate whose name is to appear on a general primary election ballot, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot
    • for an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate's application for a place on the ballot
    • for a write-in candidate, the date of the election at which the candidate's name is written in
    • for a party nominee who is nominated by any method other than by primary election, the date the nomination is made;  and
    • for an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made
  •  satisfy any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office.
                    

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                       Filing Schedule
      
2016 Filing Schedule for Candidates and Elected Officials
 

 

 

 











 

















                                   
                   

 



























































































































































































 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

















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