ELECTION INFO: SECRETARY OF STATE
Phone: (517) 373-2540
STATE-ISTICS: STATE INFORMATION
Qualifying as a New Party (for 2010):
Signatures Needed: at least 1 percent (1%) of the total votes cast governor at the last election in which a governor was elected (38,013 or more)
Start collecting: 180 days preceding filing date.
Filing Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on July 15, 2010.
Other Information: Each page of said petitions must contain the names of registered voters from a single county.
We will post a petition you can begin circulating after we have the sample petition approved by the Board of State Canvassers.
State of Michigan: Terri Lynn Land, Secretary of State (November 5, 2008). NEW POLITICAL PARTY QUALIFICATION. Retrieved November 16, 2008, from http://www.michigan.gov/documents/NewPartyQlfn_139831_7.pdf.
Recognized party qualifications:
Only parties that received 5% or more of the vote
for the office of president in the last presidential
election or received 1% or more of the vote in the
last Secretary of State election, whichever is most
recent, can participate in the Presidential Primary
Primary ballot access:
1. Secretary of State
Selects nationally recognized candidates
Or state party chair submits candidate names
Announcement is made by 4 pm the second
Friday in November [168.614 a(2)]
2. Petition (for those not selected)
1/2 of 1% of total votes cast in the state in the last
presidential election for the presidential candidate
of the political party for which the individual is
seeking nomination, not to exceed 1,000 times the
number of congressional districts in the state
(15,000) [168.615 a(2)]
In 2000, Democratic candidates had to collect
9,949 signatures; Republican candidates — 7,407
signatures; Reform Party candidates — 1,684
Deadline: 4 pm the second Friday in December
No filing fees
General ballot access for major party candidates:
State party chair submits candidate names within
24 hours after the party’s state convention, with a
list of the party’s presidential electors [168.42,
General ballot access for minor party candidates:
State party chair submits candidates names within 24
hours after the party’s national convention, with a list
of the party’s presidential electors [168.42, 168.686]
General ballot access for independent candidates:
Petition: 1% of votes cast for all candidates for
governor in the last election, including 100
signatures from each of at least half of the
congressional districts [168.590b] (In 2000, this was
Deadline: 4 pm 110 days before the general election
Last day to withdraw from the ballot:
February 7, 2004 [168.613a]
The Reform Institute (December 2003). Presidential Ballot Access: State by State Scorecard. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from https://www.policyarchive.org/bitstream/handle/10207/5646/2003scorecard.....
The candidate needs to submit a “Write-In Candidate Declaration Of Intent” form to the Bureau of Elections by September 5, 2008. This form must be accompanied by a document which lists the Vice-President’s name, and the names and addresses of 17 electors pledged to the Presidential candidate from the state of Michigan.
The “Declaration of Intent” form must be notarized.
File all forms here:
Michigan Department of State
Bureau of Elections
Post Office Box 20126
Lansing, Michigan 48901-0726
Phone: (517) 373-2540
Fax: (517) 373-0941
Frank Moore (May 8, 2008). US Presidential Write-In Candidate Requirements For Each State. Retrieved November 10, 2008, from http://www.writein2008.blogspot.com/