Running for Federal Office

U.S. President
U.S. Senator
U.S. Representative in Congress

Online Candidate Filing

Through the Candidate Portal, candidates for federal office can access E-Qual to create their electronic nomination petition, or create a paper nomination petition for circulation.

For the 2018 Election cycle, federal candidates can now collect up to 100% of their nomination petition signatures online.

Federal candidates can also use the Candidate Portal to file their official nomination papers and create a 2018 Election Profile, which may include campaign contact information, social media or web links, an official photo, and a statement or biographical information. 

Campaign Finance Information

If you are running for the U.S. House, Senate or the Presidency, you will not file a statement of organization with our office. Federal candidates must file with the Federal Election Commission a statement of candidacy once $5,000 has been received or spent.

Candidates who want their name to appear on the ballot

To run for federal office, you will need to turn in your nomination petitions in addition to submitting the correct federal nomination paper via the Candidate Portal and, if you choose, the optional statement on recall.

The first day to file these forms with the Secretary of State’s Office is April 30, 2018 and the deadline is May 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Partisan Candidates (Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, 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. However, you will still need to submit the correct federal write-in nomination paper via the Candidate Portal, and, if you choose, the optional statement on recall.

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 May 31, 2018 and the deadline is July 19, 2018 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 20, 2018 and the deadline is September 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Partisan Federal Candidates

2016 Signature Requirements for U.S. Representative in Congress

Signature requirements for U.S. Senator are the same as the requirements for statewide office.

Updated May 18, 2016

  Democrat Republican Libertarian Green
Congressional District Min Max Min Max Min Max Min No Max
CD 1 1,326 26,504 1,198 23,960 638 12,748 92  
CD 2 1,249 24,966 1,260 25,194 637 12,723 108  
CD 3 1,157 23,127 864 17,270 575 11,496 60  
CD 4 1,068 21,352 1,488 29,751 719 14,378 120  
CD 5 1,162 23,228 1,639 32,779 751 15,003 115  
CD 6 1,260 25,199 1,622 32,429 785 15,683 120  
CD 7 1,036 20,710 710 14,186 529 10,562 51  
CD 8 1,230 24,592 1,584 31,667 761 15,204 116  
CD 9 1,220 24,398 1,239 24,770 678 13,559 80  
How are these numbers calculated?

The minimum number of signatures required is found by calculating 1/2 of 1% of the qualified signers in that district as of March 1, 2016. The maximum number of signatures required is found by calculating 10% of the total qualified signers in that 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 Federal Candidates

2016 Signature Requirements for U.S. Representative in Congress

Signature requirements for U.S. Senator are the same as the requirements for statewide office.

  Independent
Congressional District Minimum No Max
CD 1 3,739  
CD 2 3,708  
CD 3 3,368  
CD 4 4,228  
CD 5 4,392  
CD 6 4,588  
CD 7 3,087  
CD 8 4,465  
CD 9 3,942  
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).