The New Jersey Division of Elections accepts petitions on behalf of the Secretary of State, who serves as the Chief Election Official of the State of New Jersey. Candidate petitions may be filed in person or mailed, but must be received by the deadline date, on or before 4:00 p.m. Each candidate should read and follow petition instructions below carefully in order to ensure that the petition is accepted for filing.
August 1, 2016 is the Filing Deadline for Independent Candidates wanting to run for United States President in the November 8, 2016 General Election.
September 6, 2016 is the Filing Deadline for Candidates wanting to run for New Jersey State Senate Unexpired Term for Eighteenth (18th) Legislative District and New Jersey General Assembly Unexpired Term for Eighteenth (18th) Legislative District in the November 8, 2016 General Election.
Download the Candidate Petitions
for the November General Election
In an effort to improve the Petition Filing experience, the Division of Elections is now offering petition filers an opportunity to schedule an appointment prior to the petition filing deadline date. Scheduling an appointment will improve the petition filing process and help reduce the time spent filing your petition.
We suggest filing your petition as early as possible!