Presidential candidate filing window opens in Arizona

Filing period runs from November 13 – December 14

For Immediate Release
November 12, 2015

For More Information Contact:

Kim Crawford, Communications Manager
Phone: (602) 542-2228
[email protected]

PHOENIX – The presidential election cycle has officially begun in Arizona, as Candidates for the state’s Presidential Preference Election, more commonly called the Presidential Primary, may formally file to have their name appear on the March 22, 2016 ballot.

“It’s an exciting time for us as we officially kick off the 2016 election cycle,” said Secretary of State Michele Reagan.  “Arizona stands to be a major player in the primaries. We are one of the first winner-take-all states that doesn’t have a home field advantage for one of the major candidates.  I expect many of the candidates to spend more than just time in our state connecting with our voters and listening to the concerns of our citizens.”

Candidates may participate in Arizona’s Presidential Primary in several ways: Submit 500 petition signatures, or official documentation from at least two other states proving they qualified for the ballot in that state.

For those not affiliated with a recognized political party, “independent” candidates will submit nomination paperwork, petitions and other required documents at a later date, as specified within the Running for President in Arizona candidate guide provided by the Secretary of State’s office.

Arizona’s “open primary” provisions do not apply to the presidential preference election. In order to cast a ballot in the March 22nd election, a voter must be registered with a political party by February 22, 2016.  Voters can update their registration easily at or Arizona.Vote.