Information for Elected Officials & Candidates
Visit the Indiana Secretary of State's website, where you can find needed forms, an Indiana Candidate Guide, a Campaign Finance Guide, and other useful information.
Petition of Nomination
If a person wishes to run as an independent or minor party candidate they must file a petition of nomination. Those forms can be found on the Indiana Secretary of State's website. In order to be placed on the ballot, an independent or minor party candidate must obtain signatures of registered voters in the election district the candidate wishes to represent. The petition must be signed by the number of registered voters equal to 2% of the total votes cast for Secretary of State in the 2014 general election in the election district that the candidate seeks to represent. Please call our office for details on this.
Statement of Organization
After filing for office, a candidate must fill out a CFA-1 (DOC) no later than noon 10 days after filing for office, or noon 7 days after the final day to file for candidacy, whichever comes 1st. Please note that there are special exceptions for a candidate for local office in which the compensation is less than $5,000 a year, and the candidate does not raise or spend more than $500. A person in this scenario does not have to file any reports. Please call our office at 765-423-9303 with any questions.
Receipt & Expenditures
In most cases a candidate has to file a CFA-4 (DOC) Receipt and Expenditures report, commonly known as a Campaign Finance Report. There are 3 different reports, pre-primary, pre-election, and annual. Please note that all of this information is also available on the Indiana Secretary of State's website.