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Candidate Requirements Guide

This guide has been compiled by the Secretary of State's Election Division to provide candidates with the basic information necessary to file for office. However, this is only a brief summary and should not be regarded as a complete digest of laws affecting candidates, nor should it be regarded as legally binding. Candidates are responsible for completing and filing a valid petition for the office sought, as well as knowing the provisions of law pertaining to their candidacies that are summarized in this guide. Furthermore, legislative or judicial action can change the requirements summarized in this guide at any time.

Click here to view the 2014 Candidate Requirement Guide

Click here to view the 2013 Candidate Requirements Guide

Click here to view the 2012 Candidate Requirements Guide

Click here to view the 2011 Candidate Requirements Guide

Click here to view the 2010 Candidate Requirements Guide

For further information, please contact the Candidate & Petition Services Department at (216) 443-3231 or the Ohio Secretary of State’s Elections Division at (614) 466-2585  If you need specific legal advice, then you should consult with an attorney of your choice.