What is the fee for filing to run for office? There is no filing fee for U.S. Presidential candidates or people running as write-in candidates
Where can I get the forms required to run for office in 2012?
Candidate nomination paperwork must be obtained and filed at the candidate's local county elections office for the following offices:
U.S. President (unselected candidates as defined by Elections Code 6060) U.S. Senator U.S. Representative State Senator Member of the State Assembly The Secretary of State and county elections officials do not supply forms for the independent nomination of Presidential Elector or for presidential write-in candidates; however, you may email to request samples of suggested formats.
Candidates for local offices such as city council and school board can get forms from their city or county elections offices.
Are candidate filing forms available online?
No, all forms must be issued by a candidate's local county elections office , which maintains the candidate’s voter registration record.
What is the fee for filing to run for office?
There is no filing fee for U.S. Presidential candidates or people running as write-in candidates for any office.
The filing fee for U.S. Senator is determined by calculating two percent of the office's annual salary. For U.S. Senator, the filing fee is $3,480.
The filing fee for U.S. Representative, State Senator and Member of the State Assembly is determined by calculating one percent of the office's annual salary. For U.S. Representative, the filing fee is $1,740. For State Senator and Member of the State Assembly, the filing fee is $952.91.
Any candidate can reduce or eliminate the filing cost by submitting petition signatures in lieu of the filing fee (see "How many in-lieu signatures do I need…?" below).
How many in-lieu signatures do I need to submit if I want to avoid the filing fee?
Any candidate can reduce or eliminate the filing cost by submitting petition signatures instead of all or part of the filing fee. The number of signatures needed varies by political office. For more details about filing fees and the relative value of each in-lieu signature, see Qualifications for Running for Office .
How many nomination petition signatures do I need to submit?
Each candidate running for U.S. Senator must obtain 65 to 100 nomination petition signatures. Each candidate for U.S. Representative, State Senator and State Assembly must obtain 40 to 60 nomination petition signatures.
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