Friday, July 19, 2019

NOMINATION PETITIONS

MAY 21, 2019 MUNICIPAL PRIMARY

 

Tuesday, February 19. FIRST DAY on which Nomination Petitions may be circulated and signatures obtained.

Tuesday, March 12. LAST DAY on which Nomination Petitions may be circulated and signatures obtained. Nomination Petitions and all other required documents and fees must be filed with the Office of Voter Services before 5:00pm in order for a candidate’s name to appear on the primary ballot. This is a deadline set by state law; it is not negotiable and there are no exceptions. Candidates are strongly advised to file their petitions early. Candidates who attempt to file their petitions during the last few days of the process can expect to wait in a long line, and if there is a problem with your petitions there will be very little time to correct the error.

Wednesday, March 20. Where multiple candidates have filed petitions to run for the same office on the same party primary ballot, a casting of lots will be held to determine ballot position. The casting of lots will occur at 12:00pm at the Commissioners Public Meeting Room, first floor of Executive Plaza, 330 Pine Street, Williamsport. The date and time is set by state law.

 

Notice to Candidates and Circulators

The filing instructions and documents provided on this website are intended as introductory information and do not constitute legal advice. The Office of Voter Services cannot provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. Candidates and circulators who download, print, reproduce, circulate, and/or file the instructions and documents provided herein assume all responsibility for the correctness and completeness of filed documents; the Office of Voter Services is not responsible for errors and omissions in filed documents. Candidates and circulators are strongly advised to solicit advice from a licensed professional in the appropriate field in advance of statutory deadlines and before filing documents with this office.

The filing instructions and documents provided on this website should only be used by candidates who are running for a local office in Lycoming County. If you are running for office in a different county, you must contact that county's voter registration office to obtain filing instructions and documents.

Candidates running for local offices in Lycoming County are strongly advised against obtaining filing instructions or documents from any other website. Voter Services cannot guarantee that documents obtained from a different website are current or accurate.

 

Filing Instructions

Filing instructions for all local offices that will appear on the primary ballot are provided below. The instructions vary by office, so be sure to download the correct set of instructions. Always use the current instructions for the current municipal election year; do not re-use instructions from previous years, because the requirements for filing petitions are subject to legislative changes and court rulings.

Candidates for federal and state offices (including Judge of the Court of Common Pleas) do not file Nomination Petitions with Voter Services; they must contact the Pennsylvania Department of State to obtain Nomination Petitions and filing instructions.

Summary of Filing Fees and Signature Requirements

Filing Instructions – Magisterial District Judge

Filing Instructions – County Offices

Filing Instructions – School Director

Filing Instructions – City Offices

Filing Instructions – Borough and Township Offices

 

Nomination Petition

The Nomination Petition must be printed two-sided (front-and-back) on plain white, 8.5” x 11” letter-sized paper. The Office of Voter Services will not accept Nomination Petitions that have been re-sized or modified in any way, or that have been improperly printed or reproduced. If you are unable to correctly print or reproduce the Nomination Petition, you must contact the Office of Voter Services to obtain hard copies.

Candidates are strongly advised to contact the Office of Voter Services to obtain a list of registered voters who are eligible to sign their Nomination Petition(s).

 

Candidate’s Affidavit and Campaign Finance Waiver

The Candidate’s Affidavit and Waiver of Expense Account Reporting Affidavit must be printed two-sided (front-and-back) on plain white, 8.5” x 11” letter-sized paper. The Office of Voter Services will not accept Affidavits that have been re-sized or modified in any way, or that have been improperly printed or reproduced. If you are unable to correctly print or reproduce the Affidavits, you must contact the Office of Voter Services to obtain hard copies.

All candidates must complete the Candidate’s Affidavit, sign the document in the presence of a Notary Public, and attach it to the Nomination Petition when filing with the Office of Voter Services.

All candidates who do not intend to form a political committee or receive contributions or make expenditures in excess of $250.00 during their campaigns are strongly advised to complete the Waiver of Expense Account Reporting Affidavit, commonly referred to as a Campaign Finance Waiver. Candidates who complete the Waiver are exempt from filing regular campaign finance reports during the election cycle. Candidates who receive contributions or make expenditures in excess of $250.00 must file regular campaign finance reports and should review the contents of the Campaign Finance Reporting section of the Voter Services website.

 

Statement of Financial Interests

All candidates except those filing for election worker offices (Judge/Inspector of Elections) or local party offices must complete a Statement of Financial Interests. For most offices, the candidate must file the original Statement with the municipality or school district and attach a copy to the Nomination Petition. See petition filing instructions (above) and the instructions included with the Statement for details.

 

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