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State of Wisconsin

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

Campaign for Officer Resource & State Documents


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Periodically we will change out forms and publications as new revisions are made available to the public.


All forms and publications are as received or presented by their corresponding agencies and authors in their original form. 

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.



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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The modern patriot is a political platform that provides patriot content, a voice of reason, and candidate platform support service. We work with local, state, and federal organizers and office seekers to help them hone their message, push content to the masses, introduce the right people to their platform, and help our supporters and friends grow in ways they couldn’t achieve on their own.

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Find Out More About Being A Modern Patriot

Our society has become hyper-partisan and almost completely driven by narratives we, more often than not, find out were false or presented in a misleading way. All the while the needs and will of the people are going largely ignored and unattended. 

The MP recognizes that the time for pointing fingers has long since passed. It simply doesn’t matter who started what or did what. We know that enough time has gone by that the roots of our issues have mostly become institutionalized and are not necessarily the fault of any one person currently in a position of influence but the culture which has grown and has begun seeding within American culture. 

A “WOKE” idealogy that uses the individual’s base differences and seeks to then isolate and then instill a -paranoid fear of their immediate and large communities with the implicit goal of then “providing” solutions and protections to those individuals at the cost of unconditional support. 

The Modern Patriots seek to rise above and provide platforms, candidates, and commentary for governance that are not restricted by traditional party dogma. We recognize that no particular political party has all the “right” and “wrong” answers and we refuse any dogma which seeks to generalize and politically stereotype any individual for any reason into a corner.

The days of “Conflict Capitalism” affecting our daily lives must come to an end.  


The Future can be Light or Dark

We are and have been in a generational transition. These transitions have occurred several times, not just in our own American history, but also many many times throughout the history of the world.

During these transitions, that society’s mettle and character are tested as norms become taboo and our culture begins to clear space for who we are transitioning into. This is not going to be fun and most likely will be very painful to both the individual and the world around us as a whole.

The last time our nation was in one of these transitions it started following WW2 and culminated with the rise of the liberals in the 1970s. Previously we have seen traditions of this magnitude following the civil war and ending post-WW2 with the passing of the civil rights acts.

No matter your knowledge or understanding of these periods and others, bear one thing in mind. The world in that era was new and had known irrevocably changed. From the language to the daily interactions of people, the way we educated our kids, and so on. We, as individuals and as a society, had a choice to make. To let go and evolve with our new environment or dig in and become a pariah of society.

During these times, we saw shifts in political idealogy as a younger more connected generation replaced the old and aging one which carried the torch previously.

It is this path, this new future, this transition that Modern Patriots seek to be involved with and shaping in a way that allows for the values of our old era which are relevant and beneficial to us to carry over while responsibly shaping our platforms for the coming generations.

Patience & Time

The MP realizes that we (our society) didn’t just “miraculously” get to where it is, good and bad. It got here because our founding fathers understood that an American Society is a society that lives and breathes with the times. Our strength has always been our ability to adapt and overcome all adversity and animosity, both foreign and domestic.

A “Coat” of Many Colors

Without saying anything religious, there is much wisdom and ideas to consider within the good books and the culture within which they inspire.

Abraham Lincoln is often quoted as saying “Common-looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them” and the prophet Muhammud once said “Be kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it. Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.”

The Modern Patriot believes that perspective and having a plethora of perspectives is key to what comes next.

It Takes a Village

We have watched as the “center” perspective which used to keep our country on a even keel disapear. Tax payers and Voters forced into a gerrmandered ala carte repeating cycle of partisan support traps. Is it any wonder why we are so divided?

This is the course correct the MP has resigned itself to propagating. We recognize that not any one political party or idealogy has all the solutions and not any single party doctrine can be wholly discounted as being evil or wrong. 

The average person would think that it is easy to delineate and be able to choose between wheat and chaff however in today’s world, in light of the proof that most of our social media was corrupted by a political class, we have to realize that this was only made possible by the lack of direction and clear objectives which were instead replaced with hyperbole and political distractions mixed with hints of progress, all of which, was presented through a sanitized lens of social and legacy media. 

It is time to organize a new future, one with clear goals which are focused on policy. A movement that is prepared to break from the existing party dogmas and structures if it means moving forward as a nation. 


The Modern Patriot Directory

The MP Directory is a listing of dedicated groups and individuals who are just like you. Uninterested in settling political scores of others and simply want solutions to be implemented and a stop loss released.

Getting your group or organization listed with the Modern Patriot is free. We only ask that you submit your group’s information and answer the survey questions honestly and with integrity.

The Modern Patriot is not “right” or “left” leaning in nature and encourages groups and organizations of all types to participate. Our primary objective is to get you exposure and increase your presence in the digital world.

Be the Change You Desire In The World

An example of this non-partisan nature is how we present offices and candidates. Readers and participants will note that we will never call attention to an individual’s party’s allegiances or affiliations. The reason for this is to prevent split-second decisions individuals can and will make based on the behavioral conditioning we all have experienced during the previous political culture. 

Put simply. A Modern Patriot hears words & ideas and seeks understanding first.

The Modern Patriot Social Network

Within our main web platform, anyone can register for an account which they may use to interact and organize their movements and platforms. There is no charge and will always remain free.

The Modern Patriot crew and primary leadership are from various digital, communications, and IT industries. Our platform will never sell your data or use it for anything other than account tracking within our network. We are privately funded and determined to remain independent. 

Sign Up is easy and free.

Web Development & Administration

The Modern Patriot knows how expensive it is to get a web platform going. 

We provide basic web services for those groups and induvial who either do not have a budget or lack the technical skills needed to develop such a platform. 

First, you will need to reach out and contact us about your project so we can understand the scope of your platform and the vision behind it.

Second, you will need to purchase a domain (www.yourdomain.com) from any ICANN-certified register. We recommend using Google Domains.

Third, If you cannot afford or do not know where to begin with website hosting, the Modern Patriot will provide you with some secure server space and a few email accounts to get you going. 

You can contact us or submit your group’s information in several ways, but ultimately, we will have to have a loosely formal meeting. 

Unified Communications

In our cutlery of skills, the MP also can help organize and launch your organization’s digital and analog communications through a cadre of tools and services from social media automation to hosted PBXs/Phone Systems. 

We understand most voices are either under equipped or underfunded. We can help with equipping your camp with the toolkits needed to compete in today’s political arena. 

MP Political Aggitants, Activists, Officials

The Modern Patriot is many things. One of those is serving as a jump-off point and support service provider for public officials, candidates, companies, NGOs, Parties, and Individuals. 

The MP observes strict adherence to the openness of discussion and challenge to established norms and ideas. All are expected to promote the platform’s ideals and goals regardless of party narrative or partisan goals. 

If you as an individual are not prepared to potentially stand down against the pressures of partisan politics then you most likely will not be a good fit as a Modern Patriot. Being a Modern Patriot demands that an individual “walk the line” and carry themselves with the utmost integrity. 

  • be constructive 
  • be clear
  • be open
  • be respectful
  • be patient
  • be human

Candidates & Office Seekers

The modern patriot team is very effective at many aspects of campaigning for public office. That means helping with the writing of policy, donations, informative articles, press releases, and more.

Additionally, we can help with staff vetting, opposition outreach, paper design, communications, analytics, and messaging. 

We also provide an extensive resource center for publications and important information regarding elections and candidacy. We encourage you to review that information which can be found here

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