It’s Petition Time!
Below is information on how you can assist Democratic candidates with getting on the primary ballot in Indiana. We encourage you to help with this process after reading the information below carefully. Thank you for your efforts to advance the cause of the Democratic Party.
2020 Indiana Petition Guidelines
A candidate for the office of President of the United States, United States Senate, or Governor must submit certified petitions of nomination signed by at least 4,500 registered voters of the state, including at least 500 registered voters from each of Indiana’s nine congressional districts. (IC 3-8-3-2)
Each petition must contain the following: (a) signature of each petitioner, (b) name of each petitioner printed legibly, and (c) residence address of each petitioner.
The residence address provided on the petition must match the residence address of the registered voter during processing by the county. Voters who update their registration record with a new residence address after signing a petition will not count toward the required number of petition signatures
Indiana law requires a petition carrier to sign the affidavit at the bottom of each page of the petition prior to filing with the county voter registration office. (IC 3-6-12-7).
This information must be placed on a petition by the petitioner unless the petitioner is unable to do so due to a disability. If a petitioner with a disability is unable to include this information on the petition then the disabled petitioner may authorize another person to do so on the petitioner’s behalf. If this occurs, the person assisting a petitioner must execute the affidavit of assistance that includes information regarding the person. The affidavit of assistance must be submitted with the petition. (IC 3-8-3-2).
* If you have signed petitions or would like to assist in the petition process, we strongly encourage you to contact the respective campaigns. The contact information for the campaigns is listed below. Please be aware that the candidates and their campaigns are under strict guidelines on when petitions of nomination for certification can be turned into county voter registration offices and when certified petitions must be turned into the Indiana Election Division.
A candidate may submit a petition of nomination for certification to the county voter registration office no earlier than January 8, 2020, and no later than 12:00 noon, local prevailing time, on January 28, 2020. (IC 3-8-3-4). Certified petitions must be filed with the Election Division no earlier than January 8, 2020, and no later than 12:00 noon, Indianapolis time, on February 7, 2020. (IC 3-8-3-1 and IC 3-8-3-5).
A candidate for governor may submit a petition for certification to the county voter registration office no earlier than January 8, 2020, and no later than 12:00 noon, local prevailing time, on February 4, 2020. (IC 3-8-2-8 and IC 3-8-2-10). Certified petitions must be filed with the Election Division no earlier than Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and no later than 12:00 noon, Indianapolis time, on February 4, 2020. (IC 3-8-2-4, IC 3-8-2-5 and IC 3-8-2-8).
Links to each of the petitions for Office of President of the United States, United States Senate, and Governor are below.
For Office of President of the United States:
For Office of Governor:
If you have signed petitions or would like to assist in the petition process, we strongly encourage you to contact the respective campaigns for directions on how they wish completed petition sheets to be managed. Contact information for each campaign is listed below.