2020 Indiana Elections

There's still time to run as a Green in Indiana for 2020! You can petition to be on the ballot by June 30, 2020, or register as a write-in candidate by July 3, 2020.
If you're interested in running as a Green, please complete the candidate form here.

Election day is: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 6am to 6pm. See our declared 2020 candidates.

Ballot Access

The Green Party in Indiana does not have ballot access, so for Green candidates to appear on the ballot, each candidate must petition for hand-written signatures of registered voters in their district. Petitioning dates for Green Party candidates are January 8, 2020 - June 30, 2020. The number of signatures required to appear on the ballot is equal to 2% the total votes cast for the 2018 Secretary of State election in that district (2018 election results: map, spreadsheet).

Signature Requirements

For federal and other statewide positions, 44,935 signatures are required. For county positions, see the 2020 Indiana Candidate Guide starting on page 113. For other positions, contact us or your county election board for assistance with computing this number. Please let us know if you have these numbers tallied so we can include them here.

Write-In Candidates

Candidates not meeting the signature requirements to appear on the ballot can register to be write-in candidates by July 3, 2020. A write-in candidate’s name is never printed on the general election ballot. Votes for write-in candidates are only counted if the write-in candidate filed a declaration of intent to be a write in candidate.

Offices on the 2020 Indiana Ballot

  • Presidential electors and alternate electors pledged to support candidates for President and Vice-President of the United States
  • Governor and Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • United States House of Representatives (all 9 seats)
  • Indiana State Senate (25 of 50 seats)
  • Indiana House of Representatives (all 100 seats)
  • Judges of Circuit and Superior court in several counties
  • Clerks of the Circuit Court, County Auditors, County Recorders, County Treasurers, County Coroners, County Surveyors, County Assessors, County Commissioners and County Council Members in several counties
  • Township Board members in Marion County
  • School Board members, elected by voters in several school corporations (non-partisan)
  • Town Council members, Town Clerk-Treasurers and Town Judges in certain towns, which have chosen to elect some or all town offices during 2020

General Election Links

Indiana Election Calendar (in.gov)
Indiana Election Calendar - Administrator's Edition (in.gov)
Indiana Candidate Guide (in.gov)
Indiana Candidate Filing Information (in.gov)
Indiana Election Forms (in.gov)
Indiana Campaign Finance Manual (in.gov)
Indiana Ballot Access Requirements (Ballotpedia)

District Maps

Statewide

Indiana's 9 U.S. Congressional Districts
Indiana's 50 State Senate Districts
Indiana's 100 State House of Representative Districts

Indianapolis / Marion County District Maps:

(More cities/counties to come. If you've looked up yours, please send us the links and we'll add them here. Thanks!)

The following snippets are all copied from the 2020 Indiana Candidate Guide (in.gov)

Candidate Qualifications (pages 7-9, and page 23)

In general, a candidate must:

  • be a registered voter in the election district the person seeks to represent (this does not apply to candidates for federal office).
  • have resided in their election district for at least 1 year prior to the election (this does not apply to candidates for federal office).
  • not have been convicted of certain felonies (Indiana Code 3-8-1-5) or federal crimes.
  • not be a member of Armed Forced and prohibited to run by the Department of Defense.
  • not be a Federal Employee and prohibited to run by the Hatch Act or Little Hatch Act.
  • not have evaded the Selective Service Act.
  • not be paid/bribed to run.

See also Indiana Code 3-8.

Ballot Access and Candidate Forms (Page 13):

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-19 (petition of nomination for federal, state, state legislative, and judicial offices) and CAN-21 (petition of nomination for other local offices) 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) (June 30, 2020). 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, electronic signatures, digital signatures, or digitized signatures will not be accepted. (IC 3-5-4-1.7(b)) 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 federal, statewide, state legislative, or judicial office must then file the certified petitions (CAN-19), the candidate’s signed consent (CAN-20), and statement of economic interests not later than the filing deadline set forth in state law. (July 15, 2020)

An independent or minor party candidate running for other local offices must then file the certified petitions (CAN-21), the candidate’s signed consent (CAN-20), and statement of economic interests (CAN-12) not later than the filing deadline set forth in state law. (July 15, 2020)

A statement of economic interests is required for most candidates running for office in Indiana. The Indiana Election Division and the county clerk must reject any candidate filing that does not include the statement of economic interests. (IC 3-8-1-33)

Filing Requirements

President and Vice President Filing Requirements (Page 35-37):

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 the office of United States President or Vice President at the general election, must file a written consent to become a candidate (CAN-20) and a petition of nomination (CAN-19) with the Election Division. (IC 3-8-6-12; IC 3-8-6-14(a))

Each candidate nominated by petition of nomination must satisfy all statutory eligibility requirements for the office for whichthe candidate is nominated. (IC 3-8-6-14(b))

The written consent form (CAN-20) and petition of nomination form (CAN-19) are available from the Election Division’s office, on the Division’s website, and are included in this Guide under the Candidate Forms tab.

To be placed on the general 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)
36

EXAMPLE: A candidate for the office of President of the United States must obtain signatures of registered voters equal to 2% of the total votes cast for secretary of state in the 2018 general election for the entire state or 44,935.

A chart listing the 2% ballot access requirement for each county is included under the 2018 Vote for Secretary of State tab of this Guide.

While it may be possible for candidates of the same minor political party seeking an office that serves the entire state or a congressional or legislative district, or the same political subdivision to be nominated on the same petition, only one independent candidate for an office may be nominated by the same petition of nomination. EXCEPTION: Candidates for President and Vice President of the United States are elected as a ticket. An independent candidate for President may include their running mate for Vice President on the same petition of nomination. (IC 3-8-6-4)

For a petition of nomination to be considered valid, the county voter registration office in the county where the individual signing the petition is registered must certify whether each person who signs the petition is a registered voter at the residence listed in the petition at the time the county processes the petition and in the election district the candidate seeksto represent. This certification must accompany and be a part of the petition of nomination. (This certification is on the reverse side of the CAN-19 form.) (IC 3-8-6-8; IC 3-8-6-10; IC 3-8-6-11)

A petition carrier is required to complete the required information and sign an affidavit at the bottom of each page of the petition prior to filing with the county voter registration office.

The first day a candidate for the office of United States President and Vice President may submit the petition of nomination, accompanied by the written consent form (CAN-20) to the county voter registration office for certification is Wednesday, January 8, 2020, and the DEADLINE for filing is 12:00 noon, prevailing local time, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (IC 3-8-6-10; IC 3-8-6-12)

For candidates for the office of United States President or Vice President, once the county voter registration office certifiesthe petitions of nomination, these certified petitions along with the candidate’s consent (CAN-20) must be filed with the Election Division. The DEADLINE for filing the petition of nomination (CAN-19), accompanied by the written consent form (CAN-20) with the Election Division is 12:00 noon, Indianapolis time, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (IC 3-8-6-10; IC 3-8-6-12)

The county voter registration office must file the certified petitions of nomination with the Election Division. However, the candidate may request that the county voter registration office return the original petitions to the candidate so that the candidate may file the certified petitions (along with the CAN-20 with the Election Division to be placed on the general election ballot. (IC 3-8-6-10)

Nominating Petition Requirements

Candidates or political party members may wish to contact county voter registration offices to coordinate the processing of nominating petitions. Some county offices prefer to process all petitions for a candidate at the same time, while others are willing to process partial submissions.

Sometimes a county voter registration office rejects a signature on a nominating petition because the individual who signed the petition is not a registered voter in the county, or has changed the individual’s address without notifying the county voter registration office. (IC 3-8-6-8) A person’s residence address on the petition must conform to the residence address on the person’s voter registration record at the time the petition is processed. (IC 3-8-6-6) Although a minor variation between the name or address of a petition signer and the name or address on the county voter registration records does not invalidate the signature, a substantial variation renders the signature invalid. Reasonable doubts must be resolved in favor of the signer of the petition. (IC 3-5-6)

General Election Candidate Withdrawal or Other Vacancy

If the nominee of a minor political party for President of the United States or Vice-President of the United States ceases to be a candidate before the nominee’s ticket is officially certified, then that fact and the name and state of residence of the nominee’s successor must be certified to the Election Division in the same manner as the original nominee. The name of the successor nominee shall be printed on all ballots. If the nominee ceases to be a candidate after the nominee’s ticket has been officially certified, then that fact and the name and state of residence of the nominee’s successor, shall be certified to the election division in the same manner as the original nominee. However, the ballots must reflect the original nominee’s name. Any vote cast in the election for the original nominee is considered a vote cast for the successor. (IC 3-10-4-6; IC 3-8-6-17)

If a petition of nomination is submitted for an independent candidate for President of the United States and Vice-President of the United States, and that candidate ceases to be a candidate, another candidate may not be substituted on the petition of nomination. (IC 3-8-6-17(e))

United States Representative Filing Requirements (Page 39-41):

(Similar to Presidential requirements above with different signature requirements based on district represented)

Governor & Lieutenant Governor Requirements (Page 46-48):

(Similar to Presidential requirements above with same signature requirements of 44,935 valid registered voters)

Attorney General (Page 51-53):

(Similar to Presidential requirements above with same signature requirements of 44,935 valid registered voters)

State Legislative Offices (Page 59-61):

(Similar to Presidential requirements above with different signature requirements based on district represented)

County Offices (Page 73-85):

Some (but not all) county offices will be elected in 2020: Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Auditor, County Recorder, County Treasurer, County Coroner, County Surveyor, County Assessor, County Commissioner, County Council Member. For signature requirements, see page 113 of the Candidate Guide.

Key Forms (Page 18):

Forms are available at the end of the Candidate Guide PDF (starting on page 115), with the Indiana Election Division, or with your county's election board. They can be also downloaded at www.in.gov/sos/elections or here for local offices. Key forms for Green Party candidates are:

Candidate for federal, statewide, state legislative, or judicial offices including the office of prosecuting attorney file their declaration of candidacy with the Indiana Election Division or the Indiana Secretary of State.

Candidates for circuit court clerk, county offices, township offices, town offices, school board offices, precinct committeeman or state convention delegate file their declaration of candidacy with the appropriate county election board.

Key Candidate Filing Dates (Page 17):

Below are many of the key dates for candidate filing in 2020, though it is not an exhaustive list. Please consult the 2020 Election Calendar Guide for more information.

Unless noted differently, all deadlines end at NOON (12PM), local prevailing time .

  • January 8, 2020 - First day of candidate filing
  • February 7, 2020 - Last day to file declaration of candidacy to run in the primary election (does not apply to Green Party)
  • May 5, 2020 - Primary Election Day (does not apply to Green Party)
  • June 30, 2020 - Deadline for minor party filing of signed petitions to be verified
  • July 15, 2020 Deadline for minor party and independent candidates to file declaration and certified petitions of nomination

Where To File (Page 19):

Indiana Election Division - Federal, state or legislative office (U.S. Senate or U.S. Representative), state offices, state senator, and state representative, judge of a circuit, superior, probate, or small claims court; prosecuting attorneys.

County Election Board - All other county offices, township offices, city/town offices, and city/town judges.

Campaign Finance Information (Page 29):

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 current version of the 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.

For specific offices, see the guide for more detailed information on campaign finance.

Additional information:

Interesting in running for office as a Green? Click here and complete the form.
Questions, comments, or concerns? Contact us.