- Primary Election Day – August 2
- Election Day – November 6
If you want to run for the office of U.S. Senate, you must:
- Be at least 30 years of age;
- Be a citizen of the United States for 9 years; and
- Be a resident of the state you wish to represent
- Qualifying Petition. To appear on the ballot, candidates must obtain a qualifying petition from a county election commission office or the office of the Coordinator of Elections.
- Voters’ Signatures. The qualifying petition must be signed by at least 25 voters who are registered in the candidate’s legislative district, and the candidate. The signature of the candidate does not count towards the required 25 signatures.
- Filing deadline. Candidates must file their qualifying petitions no later than 12 p.m. NOON on April 5, 2012.
- Where to File. Candidates must file their original qualifying petition in the office of the State Election Commission and a certified duplicate in the office of the Coordinator of Elections. Both of these must be received by the qualifying deadline listed above and may be mailed to the Division of Elections
Additional Filing. Candidates must also file a certified duplicate by the above qualifying deadline with the party chair of their state. Therefore, each primary candidate must file one original and two certified duplicates in the respective offices. There are no filing fees.