Candidates: Getting on the Ballot

To find lists of candidates in specific elections, visit our Elections page.

Who may be a candidate:

The minimum qualifications to hold an office are:

  • United States Citizenship
  • At least 18 years of age (or older for certain offices)
  • Satisfy residency requirement for specific office
  • May not have been convicted of a felony in any court in the United States unless pardoned of the conviction. 

Please consult the full list of candidate qualifications described here.

Also, a candidate may not be disqualified by virtue of one or more of the impediments described in s 6.03, Wis. Stats. 

Ballot Access Information

Click on the headings below for all forms necessary to become a candidate.  Deadlines and the number of signatures required can be found on the Ballot Access Checklists.

Please see guidance issued April 13, 2020 regarding circulation of nomination papers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local Candidates

Information about getting on the ballot for candidates for county, city, village, town, school district and special purpose district elected offices.

State Candidates

Information about getting on the ballot for candidates for offices of governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, state treasurer, legislative office, district attorney, state superintendent of public instruction, justice of the supreme court, court of appeals judge and circuit court judge.

Federal Candidates

Ballot access information for candidates for U.S. senator and representative in congress, and President of the United States.

Campaign Finance Information

For information about what campaign finance reports candidates need to file, please visit the Wisconsin Ethics Commission website.






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