Using petitions instead of paying a qualifying fee
Candidates who must pay a qualifying fee have an option of using petitions instead. Signatures may not be obtained, however, until the candidate has filed the DS/DE 9, Appointment of Campaign Treasurer, Designation of Campaign Depository.
The number of signatures required is based on the number of registered voters as of the immediately preceding general election.
The petition form itself is prescribed by the Division of Elections and is available through the qualifying officer. The official petition format must be used.
There are deadlines for submitting petitions to the Supervisor of Elections for verification. Generally, the deadline is noon of the 28th day preceding the first day of the qualifying period for the office being sought.
The qualifying officer can assist the candidate in determining how many petition signatures are needed, as well as confirming the deadline for submitting the petitions. The number of, or percentage of, signatures varies according to the office being sought; therefore it is important that the candidate contact the qualifying officer prior to circulating petitions.
Some offices require petition signatures in order for a candidate to qualify. The qualifying officer for the office being sought can assist in determining if petition signatures are required.