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Here you can find several important forms, files, and documents you may need in order register your campaign.

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Wisconsin Election-Related Documents & Information

For Candidates:

The Sample Nomination Paper Information and Examples provide specific information about filling out your nomination papers correctly. 

For clerks:

The nomination paper review guide includes an overview of the required information for each section of the nomination paper form and a sample petition page that has been filled out.  A version of the sample petition page that has been marked up and reviewed has also been included for your reference.  The guide provides information about each section and column of the petition and outlines some common scenarios and explains how those situations should be treated during the review process.

Note: Administrative rule EL 2.05 outlines the criteria for determining the sufficiency of signatures on nomination papers:  https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/el/2

For an interactive training about reviewing nomination papers, go to the Election Admin Works tile on Wisconsin Election Training  TLC website. The video below provides an overview of reviewing nomination papers as well.

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Wisconsin Local Election-Related Documents & Information

Local Candidates

There are important residency requirements for local candidates.  Please review the Wisconsin Candidate Eligibility rules.

Some local offices are considered partisan which means that the candidate runs as a representative of a political party. Other offices are non-partisan which means the candidate does not run as a member of a political party because the expectation is that the office and officeholder are objectives. Examples of each are listed below.

Local Partisan Offices

  • Sheriff
  • County Clerk
  • County Treasurer
  • Clerk of Circuit Court
  • Coroner
  • Register of Deeds

Local Non-Partisan Offices

  • County Executive
  • County Supervisor
  • Municipal Offices (including the mayor, alderperson, trustee, supervisor, municipal clerk, and treasurer, constable, municipal judge, assessor)
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Municipal Judge
  • School District Candidates
  • Special District Candidates

Registered Write-In Candidates

To register as a write-in candidate, you must file a Campaign Registration Statement (CF-1) with the filing officer prior to collecting or spending any money on the campaign. The CF-1 form is available from the Wisconsin Ethics Commission’s website or the local filing officer. The deadline to register as a write-in candidate is 12:00 p.m. (noon) the Friday before the election.

Wisconsin State Election-Related Documents & Information

State Candidates

There are important residency requirements for local candidates.  Please review the Wisconsin Candidate Eligibility rules.

Unless noted, these offices are elected in the Fall General Election (not the Presidential Election). Officials serve four-year terms starting the first Monday of January. A candidate must be a qualified elector of the state at the time of taking office.

Some state offices are considered partisan which means that the candidate runs as a representative of a political party. Other offices are non-partisan which means the candidate does not run as a member of a political party because the expectation is that the office and officeholder are objective. Examples of each are listed below.

State Partisan Offices

  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • State Treasurer
  • Legislative offices:
    • There are 99 Representatives to the Assembly who are elected every two years in the Fall General Election and serve a two-year term starting the first Monday of January. Candidates must be a resident for one year within the state and a qualified elector of the district at the time of taking office.
    • There are 33 State Senators who are elected to staggered four-year terms. Candidates must be a resident for one year within the state and a qualified elector of the district at the time of taking office.
  • District Attorneys are elected during Presidential Election years.

State Non-Partisan Offices

  • State Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals Judge
  • Circuit Court Judge

Registered Write-In Candidates

To register as a write-in candidate, a Campaign Registration Statement (CF-1) must be filed with the filing officer prior to collecting or spending any money on the campaign. The deadline to register as a write-in candidate is 12:00 p.m. (noon) the Friday before the election.

Wisconsin State Official Recalls Documents & Information

About Initiating a Recall

Recall gives voters the right to reconsider their choice of an elected official; however, it does not automatically result in the removal of an official from office. It provides an opportunity for voters to require an elected official to run for office again before the expiration of his or her term.

An official must be in office for one year before a recall can be initiated. 

The number of signatures required to trigger a recall is one-quarter of the number of votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election. 

The requirements for initiating recall efforts are very specific and must be carefully followed.  The rules may be different depending on whether the official is a Congressional, State, County or Local official. Please consult the recall manuals on this page.

Anyone considering conducting a recall petition effort should contact the Wisconsin Elections Commission staff at 608-266-8005.

Information About Recall Committees

Recall committees that have registered with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission are listed in the Campaign Finance Information System (CFIS).

To find them, go to CFIS and click “View Registrants” on the left-side menu.  Click “Continue,” which will take you to the search screen.  In the upper left-hand corner, use the pull-down menu for “Registrant Type” to select “Recall,” and click “Search.”

To view the EthCF-1 Campaign Registration form, click on the committee name.

Campaign finance reports filed by recall committees are viewable on CFIS.

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