IDAHO SECRETARY OF STATE
Elections, Campaign Disclosure and Lobbyists

Ben Ysursa, Secretary of State

U.S. SENATE - 2014 CANDIDATE FILING INFORMATION

Requirements:  

U.S. Senators must be at least 30 years old at the time of the General Election, a citizen of the United States for at least 9 years and must reside within the state at the time of the General Election. Each Senator serves a 6 year term in office and is voted on Statewide. (Article I, Section 3, US Constitution; 34-604, Idaho Code)

     

 
Campaign Finance Filing Requirements:  

Individuals who wish to run for U.S. Senator must register with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for campaign finance reporting. For information on filing and reporting requirements, please refer to the FEC's website. If you have questions regarding filing with the FEC, you will need to contact their offices directly at either info@fec.gov or at (800) 424-9530.

   

 


 
Filing for Ballot Access:  

Individuals may run as either Partisan candidates (i.e. affiliated with one of the recognized political parties in Idaho) or as Independent candidates (i.e. no affiliation with any of the recognized political parties in Idaho).

The recognized political parties in Idaho are the Constitution Party, Idaho Democratic Party, Libertarian Party of Idaho, and the Idaho Republican Party. No other political parties have met the requirements for recognition in Idaho.

   

 


 
Partisan Candidate Filing:  

Partisan Candidates must file a Declaration of Candidacy and either pay the $500 filing fee or collect the signatures of at least 1,000 registered electors of the state.

The U.S. Senator Filing Packet has the necessary forms and a short information sheet. Candidate filing is open from March 3 to March 14, 2014. Declarations and/or Petitions will not be accepted until March 3rd. Any received prior to March 3rd will be returned to the candidate.

When collecting signatures to be filed with the Declaration of Candidacy, each signature sheet must contain the signatures of qualified electors from only one county and must be verified by the County Clerk prior to being filed with the Secretary of State.

   

 


 
Independent Candidate Filing:  

Independent Candidates must file a Declaration of Candidacy and collect the signatures of at least 1,000 registered electors of the state.

The U.S. Senator Independent Filing Packet has the necessary forms and a short information sheet. Candidate filing is open from March 3 to March 14, 2014. Declarations and Petitions will not be accepted until March 3rd. Any received prior to March 3rd will be returned to the candidate.

When collecting signatures to be filed with the Declaration of Candidacy, each signature sheet must contain the signatures of qualified electors from only one county and must be verified by the County Clerk prior to being filed with the Secretary of State.

     

 
Where to File:  

In-Person or Special Delivery:

Idaho Secretary of State's Office
State Capitol
700 W Jefferson, Ste E-205
Boise, ID 83702

Mailing:

Idaho Secretary of State's Office
Elections Division
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0080

Email: elections@sos.idaho.gov

Fax: (208) 334-2282

   

 


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