State Candidates

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


Getting on the Ballot

Candidates for state offices must file ballot access forms with the Wisconsin Elections Commission.  The forms are all available from the Commission's website.  Click the heading below for a page with the appropriate forms and documents.

There are important residency requirements for state candidates.  Please review the Wisconsin Candidate Eligibility rules.

Partisan Ballot Access Documents

Unless noted, these offices are elected in the Fall General Election (not the Presidential Election). Officials serve four-year terms starting the first Monday of January. A candidate must be a qualified elector of the state at the time of taking office.

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • State Treasurer
  • Legislative offices:
    • There are 99 Representatives to the Assembly who are elected every two years in the Fall General Election and serve a two-year term starting the first Monday of January. Candidates must be a resident for one year within the state and a qualified elector of the district at the time of taking office.
    • There are 33 State Senators who are elected to staggered four-year terms. Candidates must be a resident for one year within the state and a qualified elector of the district at the time of taking office.
  • District Attorneys are elected during Presidential Election years.

Non-Partisan Ballot Access Documents

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals Judge
  • Circuit Court Judge