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Today is the Registration Deadline for State Candidates

July 8, 2008

MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board reminded Wisconsin residents this morning that today, Tuesday, July 8, at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for registration as a candidate for state office in Wisconsin.

Except for candidates for U.S. Congress, all candidates must file a Campaign Registration Statement (form EB-1), a Declaration of Candidacy (form EB-162), and Nomination Papers for Partisan Office (form EB-168) by the deadline. Congressional candidates must file their campaign registration forms with the Federal Election Commission.

Information about individuals who have filed for various offices is available on the All Candidates Registered List on the Elections Division website at “Elections & Results,” then “2008,” then “2008 Fall Election Cycle.” The list includes columns to confirm the filing of the Declaration of Candidacy, the Nomination Papers and how many signatures were counted from those nomination papers. If an individual does not appear on the list, that individual has not filed a current Campaign Registration Statement (form EB-1).

State candidates for the following offices must file the requisite number of signatures to qualify for the ballot:


  • U.S. Congress -- 1,000-2,000
  • State Senator -- 400-800
  • Representative to State Assembly -- 200-400
  • District Attorney -- 500-1,000 in counties with a population of more than 100,000
  • District Attorney -- 200-400 in counties with a population of 100,000 or less


By Friday, July 11, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. all candidates for state office also must file a Statement of Economic Interests with the Government Accountability Board.

County candidates for partisan office also must file necessary papers with the county clerk today by the 5:00 p.m. deadline. Those offices include County Clerk, Treasurer and Register of Deeds.