2018 candidate filing period to open Wednesday

INDIANAPOLIS — Candidates seeking public office in 2018 can file their declarations of candidacy for the 2018 Primary Election beginning Wednesday.

Candidates must file with the Secretary of State or county election board. Filing will remain open until noon Friday, Feb. 9.

A candidate seeking nomination by a major political party may file, as well as independent or minor party candidates and state convention delegates. Candidates for U.S. Senate may begin filing petitions of nomination with county voter registration offices for verification of petition signatures.

“Electoral participation is the bedrock of our constitutional form of government, and I congratulate those individuals who have made the decision to enter public service,” said Secretary Connie Lawson. “I encourage all candidates to pay careful attention to the policies and deadlines set forth by the laws of our state, and to file the appropriate documents sooner rather than later to avoid unnecessary mistakes and ensure an easy and efficient process for all parties involved.”

Candidates may file their declaration of candidacy (form CAN-2) with the Secretary of State or the Indiana Election Division. The Secretary of State’s Office is located in Room 201 of the Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis. The Election Division is located in Room E-204 of the Indiana Government Center, 302 W. Washington St. in Indianapolis. Offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Further information can be found by calling the Election Division at 317-232-3939, or visiting in.gov/elections.

SOURCE: Indiana Secretary of State Office