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1 South Side Square
Suite 103
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Phone: (615) 898-7743
Fax: (615) 898-7938

Hours of Operation:
Monday thru Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(except holidays)


Qualifying Procedures for County Candidates

 

2012 State link for Candidate Information

 

The information contained on this webpage is general information provided for your convenience; qualifying deadlines and other deadlines vary from election to election, and these dates are subject to change from year to year. 

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR A PUBLIC OFFICE, THEN YOU SHOULD CONTACT OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY TO OBTAIN THE MOST ACCURATE, UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION FOR THE PARTICULAR OFFICE IN WHICH YOU ARE INTERESTED. 

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Qualifying Petitions
Candidate may obtain a nominating petition from the county election commission office. The petition must be issued directly to the candidate. Each page of the petition must be signed by the candidate and an Election Official and may not be photocopied.
Voters' Signatures
The nominating petition must be signed by at least twenty-five (25) votes who are registered in the candidates district. Each voter who signs the petitions must also supply his or her residence address as it appears on his or her voter registration record. No ditto marks or post office box addresses can be accepted. Each voter must sign his or her own name. Printed signatures are unacceptable.
Filing Deadlines
Independent and Primary candidates shall qualify by filing all nominating petitions by 12:00 noon on the third Thursday in the third calendar month before an election.
Where to File
Candidate must file petition in the county in which he resides. If the elected office the candidate is seeking represents more than one county, it is the candidate's responsibility to provide certified duplicate of the petition to each county by 12 Noon on the qualifying deadline. The copies can either be hand delivered or mailed certified mail. There are no filing fees.
Appointment of Treasurer Form
Upon becoming a candidate, a political treasurer must be appointed. No funds may be received or expended until a treasurer has been appointed. A candidate may appoint himself or herself to this position. A new form must be filed if the treasurer is changed. All signatures on this form must be notarized. This form must be filed with the county election commission office.

Statement of Interest
Candidates are required to file this form no later than thirty (30) days following the qualifying deadline. No dollar amounts need to be listed. If a candidate is running for the same office he or she holds and filed an annual statement of interest in JANUARY of the same year as the election, then the candidate is not required to file another statement.

Campaign Contribution and Disclosure Filings.
When to File: You will be notified by mail of filing deadlines. Financial disclosure forms do not apply to those positions that are part-time or the compensation is less than 100 dollars per month or as long as the candidate does not spend more than 500 dollars on his or her campaign.
Where to File: The County Election Commission Office.

First Reporting Period: Starts on the day you file your petition or the first day you spend or receive any money and continues through the tenth day before the election. This form must be filed seven (7) days before the election.

Second Reporting Period: Starts from the tenth (10) day before the election to forty-fifth (45) day after the election and must be filed by the forty-eighth (48) day after the election.

In the case of primary elections, the reporting periods are the same as above and the primary account must be closed out and a new general account started. No primary funds may be combined with general election funds. Primary funds may be transferred to the general account and documented on the financial disclosure form.
If you spend $1000.00 or less: Complete items 1 through 10 checking 9A. Have signatures notarized.
If you spend over $1000.00: Use long disclosure form. Have signatures notarized.

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