Filing Method of Candidate Application
· A candidate application may be filed in person, by mail, by fax, or by email.
o Filing in Person: The Elections Division recommends that political subdivisions take steps to have someone available for at least a few hours most days during the candidate filing period to accept filings, and that political subdivisions post a schedule on their websites and on the bulletin boards where notices of meetings are posted of the days and times when someone will be available to accept filings. The Elections Division also strongly recommends having someone available at the place of business on the filing deadline, especially from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., if you are otherwise closed.
o Filing by Mail: An application submitted by mail is considered to be filed at the time of its receipt by the appropriate filing authority. (Secs. 143.007(b); 144.005(b)).
o Filing by Fax or Email: A signed, sworn, scanned candidate application (and petition, if applicable) may be submitted by fax or email if there is no filing fee. The SOS recommends that the filing authority establish a dedicated fax number or email address for the submission of candidate applications. This fax number or email address should be posted on the Notice of Deadline to File Applications for Place on the Ballot or wherever information about filing candidate applications is posted. Please be advised that an application must be notarized prior to filing via fax or email.