Obtain a Nominating or Qualifying Petition

Candidates, Generally:

  • Affidavits of Identity may be notarized remotely by any Notary Public commissioned in the State of Michigan using any video conference platform that they’d like so long as the platform can record the transaction. 
  • Notaries Public can be found here.
  • Petitions are available from the County Clerk’s office upon request. 
  • Campaign finance paperwork can be submitted by email to [email protected]
  • Questions? Contact [email protected]

Candidates for Washtenaw Community College & Local School District Boards for whom Washtenaw County serves as filing official:

  • The deadline to file an Affidavit of Identity and either a $100 nonrefundable filing fee or School Nominating petitions at the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office is July 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

Candidates for Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti District Library Boards:

  • The deadline to file an Affidavit of Identity and either a $100 nonrefundable filing fee or Nonpartisan Nominating petitions at the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office is July 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

Candidates running without party affiliation for County Commissioner & Countywide officer:

  • The deadline to file an Affidavit of Identity and Qualifying Petitions at the Washtenaw County Clerk’s office is July 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

Candidates running without party affiliation for Township, Ann Arbor City, and Ypsilanti City offices:

  • The deadline to file an Affidavit of Identity and Qualifying Petitions at the appropriate City or Township Clerk’s office is July 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

Nominating petitions and Qualifying petitions (for candidates without party affiliation that run for a partisan office) are available from election officials on the county and local level. The type of petition needed depends on the office sought and party affiliation. Michigan Election Law determines the format of the petitions candidates use when collecting signatures (P.A. 116 Section 168.544c). 

Candidates can determine the number of signatures required on a nominating petition by contacting the filing official. 

Candidates may make photo copies of the petition provided the copies are exactly the same as the original petitions. 

Filing Fees in Lieu of Petitions

Candidates who are affiliated with the Democratic & Republican parties that are running for the offices of state senator, state representative, any county office and any township office may file a $100 refundable fee instead of filing a partisan nominating petition.

Any school board or candidate may file a $100 nonrefundable fee.

Ann Arbor District Library, Salem-South Lyon District Library, and Ypsilanti District Library Board candidates may file a $100 nonrefundable fee.

Persons wishing to run with no party affiliation must file qualifying petitions and may not file a fee.