Election 2016

Key Dates and Deadlines

June 7, 2016, Presidential Primary Election

Candidate Filing

Key Dates and Deadlines
Description of Event Deadline
Signatures In Lieu of Filing Fee Period for Voter-Nominated Offices January 1*- February 25, 2016
Announcement of Selected Presidential Candidates (Democratic party) January 9*-March 31, 2016**
Candidate Statement Period for State Voter Information Guide (U.S. Senate) January 28 – February 17, 2016
Nomination Paper Period for Presidential Candidates not selected by the Secretary of State
(Democratic party)
January 29 – March 26, 2016**
Announcement of Selected Presidential Candidates
(Republican, American Independent, Green, Libertarian, and Peace and Freedom parties)
On or before February 8, 2016
Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Paper Period for Voter-Nominated Offices February 15*- March 11, 2016
Candidate Statement Period for County Sample Ballots(U.S. House of Representatives, State Senate, State Assembly) February 15* – March 11, 2016
Nomination Paper Period for Presidential Candidates not selected by the Secretary of State (Republican, American Independent, Green, Libertarian, and Peace and Freedom parties) February 24 – March 25, 2016
Declaration of Candidacy Extension Period if Incumbent of Voter-Nominated Office Does Not File March 12* – March 16, 2016
Randomized Alphabet Drawing March 17, 2016
Notice to Candidates for Voter-Nominated Offices March 26, 2016*
Deadline for Selected Presidential Candidates to withdraw (all parties) March 31, 2016**
Certified List of Candidates March 31, 2016**
Presidential Candidate Statement Deadline for the Secretary of State’s Website April 1, 2016
Statement of Write-In Candidacy and Nomination Paper Period for Voter-Nominated Offices April 11 – May 24, 2016
Presidential Write-In Candidate Deadline May 17, 2016
Certified List of Write-In Candidates May 27, 2016

November 8, 2016, General Election

Candidate Filing

Key Dates and Deadlines
Description of Event Deadline
Nomination Paper Period for Independent Presidential Elector Candidates April 29 – August 12, 2016
Candidate Statement Period for State Voter Information Guide (U.S. Senate) June 30 – July 20, 2016
Candidate Statement Period for County Sample Ballots (U.S. House of
Representatives, State Senate, State Assembly)
July 18 – August 12, 2016
Deadline for Ballot Designation Changes August 2, 2016
Randomized Alphabet Drawing August 18, 2016
Notice to Candidates (All Voter-Nominated, Non-Presidential Candidates) August 27, 2016*
Certified List of Candidates September 1, 2016
Presidential Candidate Statement Deadline for Secretary of State’s Website September 1, 2016
Presidential Write-In Candidate Deadline October 25, 2016
Certified List of Presidential Write-In Candidates October 28, 2016