Nominating Petitions 2021 Municipal Primary
May 18, 2021 Municipal Primary
Tuesday, February 16. First day on which Nomination Petitions may be circulated and signatures obtained.
Tuesday, March 9. Last day on which Nomination Petitions may be circulated and signatures obtained. Nomination Petitions and all other required documents and fees must be filed with the Elections Office before 4:30pm in order for a candidate’s name to appear on the primary ballot. This is a deadline set by state law; it is not negotiable and there are no exceptions. Candidates are strongly advised to file their petitions early. Candidates who wait to file their petitions at the end of the circulation period may experience long lines at Voter Services, and if there is a problem with the petitions there is no time to correct the error.
Wednesday, March 17. Where multiple candidates have filed petitions to run for the same office on the same party primary ballot, a casting of lots will be held to determine ballot position. The casting of lots will occur at 12:00pm at the Courthouse Annex, first floor room 100, 1174 Elk Street, Franklin. The date and time is set by state law.
Notice to Candidates and Circulators
The filing instructions and documents provided by the Elections Office are intended as introductory information and do not constitute legal advice. Elections Office personnel cannot provide legal, tax, or accounting advice. Additionally, all information provided about running for local offices is subject to change at any time by new state or federal laws or court rulings. Candidates and circulators who download, print, reproduce, circulate, and/or file the instructions and documents provided herein assume responsibility for the correctness and completeness of filed documents; the Election Office is not responsible for errors and omissions in filed documents. Candidates and circulators are strongly advised to solicit advice from a licensed professional in the appropriate field in advance of statutory deadlines and before filing documents.
The filing instructions and documents provided by the Elections Office are only usable by candidates who are running for local offices in Venango County. If you are running for office in a different county, you must contact that county's Board of Elections to obtain filing instructions and documents.
Candidates running for local offices in Venango County are strongly advised against obtaining filing instructions or documents from outside sources. The Elections Office cannot guarantee that documents obtained from outside sources are current or accurate.
Nominating Petition (Instructions and Forms)
BEFORE COPYING THE NOMINATION PETITIONS, PLEASE NOTE: NOMINATION PETITIONS MUST BE COPIED AS DUPLEX (TWO-SIDED, FRONT AND BACK, HEAD TO HEAD) ON PLAIN WHITE 8 1/2 X 11” (LETTER SIZE) PAPER. THIS REQUIREMENT CANNOT BE SATISFIED BY PRINTING EACH SIDE OF THE DUPLEX NOMINATION PETITION ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF 8 1/2 x 11” PAPER AND AFFIXING THE TWO SHEETS TOGETHER WITH A STAPLE OR PAPER CLIP.
FAILURE TO REPRODUCE THE NOMINATION PETITION FORMS CORRECTLY WILL RESULT IN THE REJECTION OF THOSE FORMS!
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED FOR THE NOMINATION PETITIONS PRIOR TO CIRCULATION. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ARE UNSURE WHETHER YOU HAVE CORRECTLY REPRODUCED ANY OF THE FORMS, PLEASE CONTACT THE VENANGO COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE AT 814-432-9512 OR 81-432-9514.
Candidate’s Affidavit and Campaign Finance Waiver
The Candidate’s Affidavit and Waiver of Expense Account Reporting Affidavit must be printed on plain white, 8.5” x 11” letter-sized paper. They may be printed single-sided, or they may be printed back-to-back on a single sheet. The Elections Office will not accept Affidavits that have been re-sized or modified in any way, or that have been improperly printed or reproduced. If you are unable to correctly print or reproduce the Affidavits, you must contact the Elections Office to obtain hard copies.
All candidates must complete the Candidate’s Affidavit, sign the document in the presence of a Notary Public, and attach it to the Nomination Petition when filing with the Elections Office.
All candidates who do not intend to form a political committee or receive contributions or make expenditures in excess of $250.00 during their campaigns are strongly advised to complete the Waiver of Expense Account Reporting Affidavit, commonly referred to as a Campaign Finance Waiver. Candidates who complete the Waiver are exempt from filing regular campaign finance reports during the election cycle.
Statement of Financial Interests
All candidates except those filing for poll worker offices (Judge and Inspector of Elections) must complete a Statement of Financial Interests. For most offices, the candidate must file the original Statement with the municipality or school district and attach a copy to the Nomination Petition.
Cross Filing and Tax Collector Information