Running for Legislative Office

State Senator
State Representative

Handbook for Candidates & Political Committees (PDF)

Campaign Finance Information

Candidates for statewide and legislative office must register a committee with the Secretary of State before:

  • Accepting Contributions
  • Making Expenditures
  • Distributing any Campaign Literature
  • Circulating Petitions

Step 1) Set up a candidate committee.

Step 2) After the committee is established and the Secretary of State’s Office receives the statement of organization or $500 Threshold Exemption, you may begin collecting signatures to run for office. We advise all candidates to read our Handbook for Candidates & Political Committees (PDF) as well as our Campaign Finance Guide (PDF).

Step 3) File your nomination paperwork with our office during the filing period. For more information about the forms required as a candidate, see below.

Candidates who want their name to appear on the ballot

To run for statewide office you will need to turn in your nomination petitions along with the correct nomination paper and a financial disclosure statement.

The first day to file these forms with the Secretary of State’s Office is May 2, 2016 and the deadline is June 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Partisan Candidates (Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Green):

Independent Candidates (A.R.S. § 16-341):

Write-In Candidates

To run as a write-in candidate you do not need to file nomination petitions, but will still need to file a write-in nomination paper and a financial disclosure statement.

Write-In Nomination Paper (PDF)
Financial Disclosure Statement

Filing Deadline for the Primary Election

For write-in candidates who want to run in the Primary Election, the first day to file these forms with the Secretary of State’s Office is June 2, 2016 and the deadline is July 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Filing Deadline for the General Election

For write-in candidates who choose to forgo participating in the Primary Election and want to be an official write-in candidate at the General Election only, your first day to file these forms with the Secretary of State’s Office is July 22, 2016 and the deadline is September 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Partisan Legislative Candidates

Petition Form for Partisan Candidates

2016 Partisan Signature Requirements

Updated May 18, 2016

  Democrat Republican Libertarian Green
Legislative District Min Max Min Max Min Max Min No Max
LD 1 351 2,101 545 3,266 235 1,407 50  
LD 2 341 2,044 270 1,620 166 994 22  
LD 3 342 2,052 212 1,271 144 864 24  
LD 4 310 1,856 252 1,509 164 984 14  
LD 5 351 2,101 483 2,896 243 1,457 36  
LD 6 354 2,122 411 2,464 199 1,194 36  
LD 7 485 2,907 294 1,760 181 1,084 32  
LD 8 287 1,722 274 1,644 156 935 19  
LD 9 390 2,337 358 2,146 184 1,099 38  
LD 10 385 2,306 363 2,175 185 1,106 34  
LD 11 374 2,239 451 2,703 221 1,322 39  
LD 12 352 2,108 533 3,193 232 1,387 37  
LD 13 321 1,924 414 2,479 208 1,245 30  
LD 14 357 2,140 433 2,598 203 1,213 38  
LD 15 375 2,245 505 3,028 238 1,423 36  
LD 16 356 2,135 463 2,774 241 1,441 31  
LD 17 381 2,284 463 2,777 234 1,400 32  
LD 18 415 2,486 459 2,751 230 1,379 53  
LD 19 323 1,933 241 1,446 178 1,067 29  
LD 20 369 2,212 419 2,513 219 1,311 44  
LD 21 381 2,281 440 2,640 227 1,362 47  
LD 22 386 2,313 553 3,318 246 1,473 68  
LD 23 424 2,540 606 3,635 273 1,638 75  
LD 24 359 2,151 283 1,696 183 1,097 40  
LD 25 350 2,095 502 3,008 224 1,339 58  
LD 26 314 1,882 276 1,651 181 1,082 31  
LD 27 350 2,095 222 1,330 171 1,023 36  
LD 28 382 2,287 447 2,681 211 1,262 52  
LD 29 284 1,701 221 1,322 156 936 26  
LD 30 273 1,635 221 1,321 150 897 25  
How are these numbers calculated?

The minimum number of signatures required is found by calculating 1/2 of 1% of the total qualified signers in the district as of March 1, 2016. The maximum number of signatures required is found by calculating 3% of the total qualified signers in the district as of March 1, 2016. (A.R.S. § 16-322).

The Green Party is considered a new party in the state of Arizona through the 2018 election cycle. The minimum number of signatures required from a new party is calculated by totaling 1/10 of 1% of the total votes cast for the winning candidate for governor or president at the last general election within the district. (A.R.S. § 16-322).

Independent Legislative Candidates

Petition Form for Independent Candidates

2016 Independent Signature Requirements

  Independent
Legislative District Minimum No Max
LD 1 1,371  
LD 2 974  
LD 3 832  
LD 4 967  
LD 5 1,434  
LD 6 1,157  
LD 7 1,063  
LD 8 918  
LD 9 1,063  
LD 10 1,070  
LD 11 1,293  
LD 12 1,351  
LD 13 1,220  
LD 14 1,187  
LD 15 1,387  
LD 16 1,413  
LD 17 1,367  
LD 18 1,339  
LD 19 1,045  
LD 20 1,274  
LD 21 1,336  
LD 22 1,446  
LD 23 1,604  
LD 24 1,059  
LD 25 1,303  
LD 26 1,047  
LD 27 1,002  
LD 28 1,224  
LD 29 911  
LD 30 872  
How are these numbers calculated?

The minimum number of signatures required is found by calculating 3% of the total registered voters for that district who are not members of a political party that is qualified for representation as of March 1, 2016. (A.R.S. § 16-341).