Running for Office

 Running for Office Checklist

  • Educate yourself.

Any potential candidate  in New Jersey that wants to get on the ballot for County, State or Federal office must adhere to specific filing requirements and deadlines. These regulations were designed by State lawmakers to prevent non-serious candidates from appearing on the ballot. They are called Ballot Access Laws.

  • Decide which elected position you are interested.
  • Know the legal requirements for that position before you run.
File a nominating petition with the appropriate Election Official.

In order to be a candidate on an election ballot, a candidate must file a petition.

For County, Partisan Municipal and School Board: candidates must obtain and file petitions with the Warren County Clerk. Petitions for county and municipal offices must be filed before 4PM on the 64th day prior to the Primary Election. Petitions for school board must be filed by 4PM the last Monday in July. In partisan offices, successful candidates from the Primary Election advance to the General Election ballot in their party columns. Independent candidates must file Direct Nomination Petitions with the Warren County Clerk by 4PM on Primary Election day.

For Non-Partisan Municipal Offices: candidates must obtain forms and information from their Municipal Clerk. In Warren County, only Pohatcong Township is non-partisan.
State Offices: Candidates for State Office must file their petitions with the New Jersey Division of Elections.

Obtain the required number of signatures on the petition.

A candidate desiring that his or her name appear on a printed ballot and other elected official election material must gather a certain number of valid signatures from registered voters. The gathering of a sufficient number of voter signatures qualifies an individual to be placed on the ballot. Contact the Warren County Clerk or municipal clerk for the number of signatures required for that year.

Understand Campaign Finance Laws.

Established in 1973, the role of the New Jersey Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC)

-Upholds the State’s Financial Disclosure Laws fairly.

-Monitors the campaign financing of all elections in the State. (All candidates and campaign organizations are required to file with the Commission, their contribution and expenditure reports).

-Administers the law requiring candidates for the Governorship and Legislature to make public their personal finances prior to Election Day.

-Administers those sections of the law‚ which establish a filing obligation on the part of lobbyists and their clients.

-Responsible for enforcing various aspects of the Pay-to-Play law.

-Responsible for administering partial public financing of gubernatorial Primary and General Elections.

-Exercises its enforcement authority‚ ensuring the integrity of the financial aspects of the State’s Electoral Process.

For more information visit http://www.elec.state.nj.us/index.htm

  • Learn the roles of the various workers on Election Day: poll worker, challengers, etc.
  • Be aware of the following resources and their importance: Registered Voter List, Petitions, Voter Registration Forms, Mail-In Ballot Applications, Party Declaration Forms, and Campaign Reports.
Additional information:

-The ballot design is determined by the County Clerk.

-Ballot positioning is determined by the Election Official responsible for a ballot draw.

-On Election Day all questions concerning the active election can be directed to the Warren County Clerk.

-Election results are certified by the Warren County Clerk.

-Notification of the results on the election are given by the appropriate election official.

-Terms begins January 1st of the following year after the election. And ends December 31st the year of in which your term ends.