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January 30 , 2004
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chip Gavin
(207) 626-8400

Candidate Petition Forms Available for 2004 Election Cycle

Running for Office Guide and List of Candidate Filings
Now Available through Secretary of State's Website

AUGUSTA, MAINE Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky announced on Friday that candidate petition forms are currently available through the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions in Augusta for individuals interested in seeking elected office in the State of Maine this year.

As part of an ongoing effort to expand and enhance access to election-related information, Secretary Gwadosky also announced that a Candidate's Guide to Running for Office in Maine , along with related forms and materials, is now available online at . Additionally, a listing of candidates who have filed to run for office can also be accessed through the Secretary of State's website at . This information can also be obtained by contacting the Elections Division at (207) 624-7650.

Candidates running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Maine House of Representatives or State Senate within the Democratic, Green Independent or Republican parties must submit petitions to the Secretary of State in order to appear on the appropriate primary ballot. Those seeking certain county offices, such as 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, 2004 . The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 .

Non-party candidates--individuals who are not enrolled in a qualified party--may also circulate petitions to appear on the November 2, 2004 general election ballot. Non-party candidates must collect a designated number of signatures based upon the office sought.

Unlike party candidate petitions, any registered voter may sign the petition of non-party candidates. Non-party petitions must be filed with the Secretary of State by 5:00 p.m. on June 1, 2004 .