How can my name appear on the ballot?

The ballot name may be designated as follows:

  • First, middle, and last name.
  • Initials only and last name.
  • A nickname may be included but must be in quotation marks, not parentheses.
  • A familiar short version of the first name, such as “Bill” for “William”, “Jen” for “Jennifer” or “Jim” for “James.”
  • No title or degree can appear on the same line on a ballot as a candidate’s name, either before or after the candidate’s name. 
  • A change in legal name is not allowed unless the change was made by marriage or by court decree.

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1. When can I file for candidacy?
2. Where can I find the Candidate Handbook?
3. Can I file for more than one office?
4. How much are filing fees?
5. Are there any other fees that I should know about?
6. What are signatures in lieu, and when can I start gathering them?
7. How many nomination signatures do I need?
8. What nomination documents do I file and when?
9. Is the nomination period ever extended?
10. Can documents be issued to someone other than me?
11. I’ve been convicted of a felony. Do I qualify to run?
12. Can I withdraw my candidacy?
13. How do I prepare a candidate statement?
14. How can my name appear on the ballot?
15. Are there any restrictions for ballot designations?
16. What if there is an insufficient number of candidates?
17. The campaign finance rules and reporting schedules are a little overwhelming. Who can help me?
18. Can you help me complete my required campaign disclosures?
19. Can I file my required campaign disclosures on paper?
20. I want to communicate to as many potential voters as possible. What do I need to know?