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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2006
Contact: Doug Dunbar
207-626-8404

Secretary of State Issues Reminders to Candidates

March 15th Filing Deadline for Primary

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap reminded candidates for county, state and federal office that the filing deadline for primary nomination petition signatures is approaching.

Candidates enrolled in one of Maine’s three officially recognized parties (Republican, Green Independent, Democratic) must file a required number of valid petition signatures by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 in order to have their name appear on the June 13, 2006 Primary Election ballot.  

Candidates who are not enrolled in a political party (unenrolled) must file the required number of valid petition signatures by June 1, 2006 in order to have their name appear on the November 7, 2006 General Election ballot.

The number of required signatures varies by the office being sought and the candidate’s political party enrollment status.   A breakdown of the signature requirements accompanies this release.  

The Department of the Secretary of State and the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices have prepared a 2006 Candidate’s Guide.   It’s available online by visiting www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec.   Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Elections Division at (207) 624-7650 or e-mailing SOS.Office@maine.gov.

A listing of candidates who have filed to run for county, state and federal office is available online at www.maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/2006/Candidatelisting.htm.


Party Candidates, March 15th  

 

Office

Minimum Signatures

Maximum
Signatures

 
 

United States Senator

2,000

3,000

 
 

Governor

2,000

3,000

 
 

Representative to Congress

1,000

1,500

 
 

State Senator

100

150

 
 

Representative to the Legislature

25

40

 
 

County Commissioner

50

75

 
 

Other County Officers

150

200

 

  

Non-Party Candidates, June 1st

 

Office

Minimum Signatures

Maximum
Signatures

 
 

United States Senator

4,000

6,000

 
 

Governor

4,000

6,000

 
 

Representative to Congress

2,000

3,000

 
 

State Senator

200

300

 
 

Representative to the Legislature

50

80

 
 

County Commissioner

100

150

 
 

Other County Officers

300

400

 
 

Knox County Budget

25

40

 
 

Aroostook County Finance

25

40