Petition Candidates

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Note: Please be advised that the signature requirement for an unaffiliated petition candidate seeking a statewide elective office is 10,000; not 1% of the eligible votes for that district. This does not effect any other elective office. All other petition candidate must submit a petition with signatures containing at least 1% of the eligible voters for the district in which the candidate seeks the nomination. The deadline for submitting the petition is July 1, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.

Deadline #1: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 by 9:00pm to file the following required documents.

In order for a petition candidate to be placed on the General Election ballot on November 6, 2018, there are two major filing deadlines that must be met.

Declaration of Intent

A Declaration of Intent designating the individual as a candidate seeking nomination by petition to an elective office must be filed in person at the appropriate election office. This action alone does not qualify a candidate for the General Election ballot. Download Declaration of Intent.

Statement of Organization

At the time of filing the Certificate of Candidacy, a candidate for State or local office is also required to have established an authorized candidate campaign committee. This must be established prior to conducting any campaign finance activity. Download the Statement of Organization.

Deadline #2 – Monday, July 1, 2018 by 5:00p.m.

The deadline to file the Financial Disclosure Statement, Petition, Certificate of Candidacy and filing fee are not required to be in person, however, they must be received by the election office by the deadline, and postmarks will not be accepted.


Please contact the Cecil County Board of Elections to receive the number of required signatures for the office that you are seeking. Download the Candidate Nomination Petition Information Page.

Financial Disclosure Form

A Financial Disclosure Form is required for all State and local candidates. The Financial Disclosure Form is to be filed with the controlling agency; however, it is the policy of the election boards to accept the form when a candidate files for office. The form covers the previous calendar year (not the current year in which the candidate files). It is important to note that a candidate for a state office and various county offices are required to have the financial disclosure form notarized. If the form is not notarized, it will be deemed not filed and the candidate will not appear on the General Election ballot. If filing for a judicial office, the candidate must file an original and one copy, otherwise it also will be deemed not filed. A candidate may file a receipt as proof if the candidate previously filed a financial disclosure form for the calendar year required for the candidacy. For additional information about filing the financial disclosure, please contact the appropriate controlling agency. Download the Financial Disclosure Form.

Note: State's Attorney, Sheriff, Register of Wills, and Clerk of the Circuit Court are now required to electronically submit their financial disclosure statements.
Please visit the Maryland State Ethics Commission website. 

Filing Fee

Filing fees depend upon the office sought. The fee must be paid either by check, money order or credit card. It is permissible for a state or local candidate’s campaign finance entity to pay the fee.

After filing the required documents and payment of the fees, the Declaration of Intent automatically becomes the Certificate of Candidacy, making the candidate eligible to be placed on the General Election ballot.