Secretary of State reminds independent candidates that election law concerning them has changed


The Secretary of State’s office is reminding independent candidates that an election law concerning their candidacy has changed.

Election Coordinator Josh Bridges said Act 68 of the 2019 State Legislature changed the date when independent candidates can submit their petitions.

The new deadline for petition submission is 12 p.m. on May 1, 2020. The earliest date independence candidates can begin collecting signatures is Feb. 1, 2020.

Bridges said the candidate may submit their petition any time between Feb. 21, 2020, and May 1, 2020.

Independent candidates must still come to the county clerk’s office during the week’s filing period and file for their position, Bridges says.

An independent candidate must also submit a petition containing at least three percent of the signatures of qualified electors in the county, township, or district in which the person is seeking office. In no case is an independent candidate for a district, county, or township office required to submit more than 2,000 signatures.

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