2019 Indiana Local Municipal Elections
Cities across Indiana are holding local general municipal elections for mayor, city council, city judge, and city clerk on November 5, 2019. Petitioning dates for Green Party candidates to gather the 2% signature requirements are January 9, 2019 - July 1, 2019.
The following snippets are all copied from the 2019 Indiana Candidate Guide (in.gov)
Positions and Qualifications (Starts on Page 25)
- City-County Council (*Indianapolis/Marion County Only)
- City Common Council (*Other Indiana cities)
- City Clerk or City Clerk-Treasurer (depending on the size of the city)
- City Judge
In Indianapolis, the city’s legislative body is designated as the “City ‐ County Council” due to the consolidated city ‐ county structure of local government.
Ballot Access (Page 10):
Gaining access to the ballot as an independent or minor party candidate for local office has two distinct steps. The first is to gather signatures of registered voters within the election district totaling at least 2% of the total votes cast for all candidates in the 2018 Secretary of State’s election* within the precincts making up the election district. If this applies to the office you are seeking, please contact your county election board for assistance with computing this number.
The CAN ‐ 44 petitions must be filed with the county voter registration official no later than the deadline set forth in state law. (IC 3 ‐ 8 ‐ 6 ‐ 10) The county voter registration official must review and certify the signatures as set forth in IC 3 ‐ 5 ‐ 6. Petition signatures must be “wet.” In other words, photocopies of signatures will not be accepted. Candidates may pick up the certified petitions from the county voter registration office, but the candidate should make arrangements with the office.
An independent or minor party candidate running for local office must then file the certified petitions (CAN ‐ 44), the candidate’s signed consent (CAN ‐ 45), and statement of economic interests (CAN ‐ 12) not later than the filing deadline set forth in state law.
All candidate filing forms must be timely received by the filing deadline. Late forms will not be accepted, regardless of the postmark date on an envelope.
* Note as en example: according to the last election results in Indianapolis, there were 305,319 votes cast for Secretary of State. 2% of this number is 6106, so that would be the requirement for a county-wide position (such as Mayor). For each of the 25 districts in Indianapolis, we can roughly estimate that it would require about 250 signatures to be placed on the ballot (though this should be verified by contacting the county election board).
Filing Requirements (Page 36-37):
A person who wishes to become an independent candidate or a candidate of a minor party not qualified to nominate candidates in a primary election or by political party convention, and who wishes be a candidate for a city office at the municipal election, must file a statement of economic interest (CAN ‐ 12), written consent to become a candidate (CAN ‐ 45) and a petition of nomination (CAN ‐ 44) with the county election board. (IC 3 ‐ 8 ‐ 6 ‐ 12 and IC 3 ‐ 8 ‐ 6 ‐ 14(a)) The county is required to reject a declaration of candidacy that does not include a statement of economic interest. (IC 3 ‐ 8 ‐ 9 ‐ 6)
More than one minor party candidate can be nominated on the same petition form if each of the candidates are seeking an office that serves the entire city (mayor, city clerk, and at ‐ large city common council member, for example). If offices serve different legislative districts (such as city common council members elected only by voters of a specific district), then the candidates for office must use separate petition forms
More than one independent candidate for city office cannot be nominated on the same petition form. (IC 3 ‐ 8 ‐ 6 ‐ 4).
To be placed on the municipal election ballot, an independent or minor party candidate must obtain signatures of registered voters in the election district the candidate seeks to represent. A petition of nomination must be signed by the number of registered voters equal to 2% of the total votes cast for secretary of state in the 2018 general election in the election district the candidate seeks to represent. Any fraction in excess of a whole number is disregarded in computing this figure. (IC 3 ‐ 8 ‐ 6 ‐ 3) Signatures on any petition of nomination must be those of registered voters of the state who reside in the district the candidate seeks to represent. (IC 3 ‐ 8 ‐ 6 ‐ 2)
Key Forms (Page 13):
* forms are attached at the end of the PDF, starting on PDF page 73
* they can also be found here: https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/4564.htm
The appendix of the 2019 Indiana Candidate Guide includes the current forms to run for office in 2019. Forms are available with the Indiana Election Division or county election board, and can be downloaded at www.in.gov/sos/elections. These forms are subject to change.
- CAN ‐ 12 Statement of Economic Interest for Local and School Board Offices
- CAN ‐ 44 Petition of Nomination for City or Town Office in 2019
- CAN ‐ 45 Consent of Independent or Minor Political Party Candidate Nominated by Petition for City or Town Office in 2019
- CAN ‐ 51 Declaration of Intent to be a Write ‐ In Candidate for City or Town Office in 2019
Kay Candidate Filing Dates in 2019 (Page 13):
Below are many of the key dates for candidate filing in 2019, though it is not an exhaustive list. Please consult the 2019 Election Calendar Guide for more information. Where your important legal rights are concerned, please seek the advice of a personal attorney.
Unless noted differently, all deadlines end at NOON (12PM), local prevailing time .
- January 9, 2019 First day of candidate filing
- February 8, 2019 Last day to file declaration of candidacy to run in the primary election (does not apply to Green Party)
- May 7, 2019 Primary Election Day (does not apply to Green Party)
- July 1, 2019 Deadline for minor party filing of signed petitions to be verified (found on page 37)
- July 15, 2019 Deadline for minor party and independent candidates to file declaration and certified petitions of nomination
Where To File (Page 14):
Filing with the County Election Board Candidates for city offices, or town offices, file their declaration of candidacy with the appropriate county election board.
Campaign Finance Information (Page 22):
When a person signs and files a declaration of candidacy to run for office, the individual must indicate on the form: “I acknowledge that I am aware of the provisions of IC 3 ‐ 9 regarding campaign finance and the reporting of campaign finance contributions and expenditures, and agree to comply with the provision of IC 3 ‐ 9.”
Candidates and members of their campaign finance committees are encouraged to review the 2019 Indiana Campaign Finance Manual. The Manual can be accessed from the Indiana Election Division’s office or the Division’s website at www.campaignfinance.in.gov. Forms required for campaign finance filings can be found online or at the offices of the Indiana Election Division and County Election Boards.
City and Town Offices
Candidates for these offices file campaign finance documents with the county election board and should contact the county election board for information on campaign finance reporting requirements.
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