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The Secretary of State is the filing officer for statewide, legislative, and judicial contests. A candidate is not considered filed until their complete filing is received by the Office of the Secretary of State.

File Online - Candidate Filing Utility


State, Legislative, & Judicial Office Filing Requirements

Candidate filings must be filed by deadlines listed in the Candidate Calendar. Candidates are encouraged to submit filings online using the Candidate Filing Utility. Forms needed for a complete filing include:

Partisan Candidates

Non-Partisan Candidates


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Candidates for statewide, legislative, and judicial office are subject to the registration and campaign finance and disclosure requirements found in NDCC § 16.1-08.1. Create an account or login to your existing account to enter disclosure information and file campaign disclosure statements. For more information about campaign finance filing, review the Campaign Finance FAQ.


Partisan Candidates

Eligibility  |  Terms  

Partisan candidates can be placed on the ballot in 1 of 2 ways: 

  1. Endorsement from their political party in the respective jurisdictions  - Certificate of Endorsement (SFN 17196)
    • Statewide - endorsed at statewide convention 
    • Legislative - endorsed at legislative district meeting
  2. By way of petition - Petition/Certificate of Nomination (SFN 2704)  
    • Statewide - 3% of total votes cast in the same office and with the same political affiliation at the last General Election but no more than 300 signatures of qualified North Dakota voters.
    • Legislative - 1% of of the total population of the legislative district but no more than 300 signatures of qualified North Dakota voters.

Petition/Certificate of Nomination may not be circulated or signed prior to January 1st of election year. 

Printable Running for Statewide Office Guide

Printable Running for State Legislative Office Guide

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Governor & Lt. Governor

Governor & Lt. Governor

Eligibility

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years before election

Term

  • 4-year term of office beginning at December 15th following the election
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Legislator | Senate & House of Representatives

Legislator  |  Senate & House of Representatives

Eligibility

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 1 year before election
  • Must live in the district in which they are seeking office

Term

  • 4-year term of office beginning at December 1st following the election

Additional Resources for Legislative Candidates

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Secretary of State

Secretary of State

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 25 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years before election

Term

  • 4-year term of office beginning at December 1st following the election
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State Auditor

State Auditor

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 25 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years before election

Term

  • 4-year term of office beginning at December 1st following the election
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State Treasurer

State Treasurer

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 25 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years before election

Term

  • 4-year term of office beginning at December 1st following the election
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Attorney General

Attorney General

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 25 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years before election
  • Must be licensed to practice law in North Dakota

Term

  • 4-year term of office beginning at December 1st following the election
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Insurance Commissioner

Insurance Commissioner

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 25 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years before election

Term

  • 4-year term of office beginning at December 1st following the election
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Agriculture Commissioner

Agriculture Commissioner

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 25 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years before election

Term

  • 4-year term of office beginning at December 1st following the election
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Public Service Commissioner

Public Service Commissioner 

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 25 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years before election

Term

  • 6-year term of office beginning at December 1st following the election
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Tax Commissioner

Tax Commissioner

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 25 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years before election

Term

  • 4-year term of office beginning at December 1st following the election
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Non-Partisan Candidates

Eligibility  |  Terms  

Non-partisan candidates can be placed on the Primary ballot by way of petition only and must collect at least 300 signatures - Petition/Certificate of Nomination (SFN 2704).

Printable Running for Statewide Non-Partisan Office Guide

Printable Running for Judicial Office Guide

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Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent of Schools

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 25 years of age
  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota for at least 5 years before election

Term

  • 4-year term of office beginning at December 1st following the election
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Supreme Court Justice

Supreme Court Justices

Eligibility

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota 
  • Must be licensed to practice law in North Dakota
  • May not engage in the practice of law, or hold any public office, not judicial in nature

Term

  • 10-year term of office beginning at January 1st following the election
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District Court Judge

District Court Justice

Eligibility

  • Must be a citizen of the United States
  • Resident of North Dakota
  • Must be licensed to practice law in North Dakota
  • May not engage in the practice of law, or hold any public office, not judicial in nature

Term

  • 6-year term of office beginning at January 1st following the election
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Independent Candidates

Independent candidates for partisan statewide and legislative offices can qualify for the General Election ballot by way of petition only.

  • Statewide -  at least 1,000 signatures of qualified North Dakota voters.
  • Legislative - 2% of of the total population of the legislative district but no more than 300 signatures of qualified North Dakota voters.

Forms needed for a complete filing include:

Petition/Certificate of Nomination may not be circulated or signed prior to 150 days before the filing deadline for the General Election.


Write-in Candidates 

A person who intends to be a write-in candidate for a statewide, legislative, or judicial office must file the following by the deadline listed in the Candidate Calendar. NDCC § 16.1-12-02.2