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2020 candidate filing opens today

2020 candidate filing opens today 2020 candidate filing opens today

Candidates seeking public office this year may begin filing their declarations of candidacy for the 2020 Primary Election today (Wednesday). Candidates for federal or state office will file with the Secretary of State or Indiana Election Division. Local candidates will file with the county election board. Filing will remain open until noon on Friday, Feb. 7.

A candidate seeking nomination by a major political party may file, as well as independent or minor party candidates and state convention delegates. Candidates for president or governor may begin filing petitions of nomination with county voter registration offices for verification of petition signatures.

In Harrison County, voters will elect the coroner, circuit court clerk, county commissioners for Districts 1 and 2 (voted on countywide), three at-large county council members, recorder, surveyor and superior court judge.

Also, some school board seats are up for election, but filing won’t begin until summer.

“Free elections sit at the foundation of our republic, and I congratulate those individuals who have made the decision to run for public office,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “I encourage all candidates to pay careful attention to the policies and deadlines set forth by the laws of our state and to file the appropriate documents sooner rather than later to avoid unnecessary mistakes and ensure an easy and efficient process for all parties involved.”

The Secretary of State’s Office is located in Room 201 of the Indiana Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. The Election Division is located in Room E-204 of the Indiana Government Center, 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. Offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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