Running for Statewide Office

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

Online Candidate Filing

Through the Candidate Portal, candidates for statewide office can access E-Qual to create their electronic nomination petition, or create a paper nomination petition for circulation.  Candidates participating with Clean Elections funding may also use E-Qual to collect their $5 Clean Elections qualifying contributions.

For the 2018 Election cycle, candidates can now collect up to 100% of their nomination petition signatures and Clean Elections qualifying contributions online.

Statewide candidates can also use the Candidate Portal to file their official nomination papers and financial disclosure statements, and can 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

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

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

Step 1) Determine whether or not you are required to register a candidate committee.  Candidates for statewide office must register a candidate committee with the Secretary of State if the candidate receives contributions or make expenditures, in any combination, of at least $1,100 in connection with that candidacy.  Committees are created by filing a statement of organization using the Secretary of State’s online campaign finance filing system.

Step 2) The statement of organization must be filed within 10 days after meeting the monetary threshold.  After the committee is established and the Secretary of State’s Office receives the statement of organization, you may begin collecting signatures to run for office.

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 in addition to submitting the correct statewide nomination paper and a financial disclosure statement via the Candidate Portal.

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 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. However, you will still need to submit the correct statewide write-in nomination paper and a financial disclosure statement via the Candidate Portal.

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 Statewide 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

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).