Collecting Nomination Paper Signatures for the Fall 2020 Elections

The nomination paper circulation period is April 15 through June 1 at 5 p.m. for the 2020 General Election. The Wisconsin Elections Commission met on April 10, 2020, to discuss the nomination circulation period for the election amid the COVID-19 public health emergency.

For a summary and suggestions for the circulation of nomination papers, please review the memo.

As always, nomination papers must have consecutive page numbers listed and be well organized for review by Commission staff.  Any signatures above the maximum number of signatures allowable should be separated and categorized as “supplemental.”  Nomination paper signature requirements can be found by reviewing the appropriate Ballot Access Checklist:

Candidates are encouraged to submit questions and documents for review (but not actual filings) by email to to ensure timely responses to questions and minimize the number of visitors in the office.

For more information regarding nomination paper sufficiency, please review the PowerPoint and Guide Below.

Disclaimer:  Please note that the Candidate Ballot Access Manual was written prior to the COVID-19 public health emergency.  While the guidance and procedures contained within are relevant for candidates collecting signatures to gain ballot status, specific concerns related to ballot access procedures during the COVID-19 public health emergency are not directly addressed as part of the document.  For further information on best practices for gathering nomination paper signatures during the circulation period for the November 3, 2020 General Election please see the April 13 memorandum, Memo Nomination Paper Circulation - Fall 2020 Election 

For filing officers, please review the nomination paper review guide and video for the procedure on determining sufficiency.