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For Immediate Release
Candidate Petition Forms Available for 2002 Election Cycle
Augusta--Candidate petition forms are currently available at the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions for those individuals interested in seeking elected office in the State of Maine, Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced today.
Any candidate seeking the office of Governor, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Maine Senate and Maine House of Representatives within the Democratic, Green Independent, and Republican parties must submit petitions to the Secretary of State in order to appear on the appropriate primary ballot. Those seeking certain county offices--County Commissioner, Treasurer, Judge of Probate, Register of Probate, District Attorney, Register of Deeds and Sheriff--must also complete petition forms.
Depending on the office sought, candidates must obtain a certain number of signatures from registered Maine voters, who are of the same political party. All party candidates must file their petitions with the Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m. on March 15, 2002. The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2002.
Non-party candidates--individuals who are not enrolled in a qualified party--may also circulate petitions to appear on the November 5, 2002, general election ballot. Non-party candidates must collect a designated number of signatures based upon the office sought and unlike party candidate petitions, any registered voter may sign the petition. Non-party petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m. on June 3, 2002.