Running for Statewide Office

Governor
Secretary of State
Attorney General
State Treasurer
Superintendent of Public Instruction
State Mine Inspector
Corporation Commissioner

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 Statewide Candidates

Petition Form for Partisan Candidates

2016 Statewide Signature Requirements

Updated May 18, 2016

Democrat Republican Libertarian Green
Min Max Min Max Min Max Min No Max
5,352 214,071 5,801 232,002 3,034 121,352 806  
How are these numbers calculated?

The minimum number of signatures required is found by calculating 1/4 of 1% of the total qualified signers in the state as of March 1, 2016. The maximum number of signatures required is found by calculating 10% of the total qualified signers in the state 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 in the previous general election. (A.R.S. § 16-322).

Independent Statewide Candidates

Petition Form for Independent Candidates

2016 Statewide Signature Requirements

Independent
"Other"*
Minimum No Max
35,514  
How are these numbers calculated?

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