Candidates

Offices to Be Elected in 2014

U.S. representative, governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, secretary of state, auditor of accounts, attorney general, all (30) state senate seats, all (150) state representative seats, probate judge, assistant judges (side judges), state’s attorney, sheriff, high bailiff, and justices of the peace.

2014 Primary Election Candidate Listing*

*excel spreadsheet listing all candidates currently qualified to be on the Primary ballot.  Please contact the Elections Division if you notice any errors or omissions.

2014 Independent Candidates and Minor Party Candidates Nominated by Party Committee**

**This list includes all Independent candidates that have qualified for the General Election ballot, and all Minor Party candidates that have been nominated by party committee for the General Election ballot.

2014 Major Party Candidates Nominated by Committee*** 

***This list includes all Major Party candidates that have been nominated by party committee for the General Election ballot.  These nominations are null if the Party nominates a candidate for any of these offices through the Primary.

Please see the left sidebar for links to information for “Presidential Candidates” and “Local Candidates,” and to read “Local Office Descriptions”.

For information about campaigning at the polling place and rules on placement of campaign signs please visit our page on "Polling Place Rules".

How to Become a Candidate

Below you will find information and forms related to becoming a candidate in Vermont, including information and forms for major party, minor party, and independent candidates for all offices.

Major Party Candidates (Democratic, Liberty Union, Progressive, Republican)

Major party candidates file a petition along with a consent of candidate form in order to be placed on the ballot in the primary election (August 26, 2014). In order for a candidate to appear on the primary ballot, petitions and consent of candidate forms must be filed with the appropriate filing officer no sooner than Monday, May 12, 2014 and no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Major Party Petition, Consent of Candidate, and instructions:

Major Party Petition and Consent


Major party candidates may also be nominated by party committee in order to be placed on the general election ballot in November, in the event their party does not nominate a candidate through the Primary.  The statements of nomination and consent of candidate forms must be filed by the designated political party committee no sooner than Monday, May 12, 2014 and no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Major Party Committee Statement of Nomination and Consent of Candidate:

Major Party Committee Nomination Forms

 

Minor Party Candidates (Libertarian)

Minor party candidates are nominated by party committee in order to be placed on the ballot in the general election (November 4, 2014). The statements of nomination and consent of candidate forms must be filed by the designated political party committee no sooner than Monday, May 12, 2014 and no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014. All statements of nomination and consent of candidate forms, except those for justice of the peace, are filed with the secretary of state. (Justice of the peace forms are filed with the town clerk, see below.) For more information on the minor party nomination process, see the bottom of this page.

Minor Party Committee Statement of Nomination and Consent of Candidate:

Minor Party Committee Nomination Forms

 

Independent Candidates

Independent candidates file a statement of nomination (petition) and consent of candidate form with the secretary of state in order to be placed on the ballot in the general election (November 4, 2014). Independent candidates for justice of the peace file with the town clerk. Independent candidate’s statements of nomination and consent forms must be filed no sooner than Monday, May 12, 2014 and no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Independent Candidate Petition, Consent of Candidate, and instructions:

Independent Candidate Petition and Consent 

 

All Candidates

Consent of Candidate Required

You must file your Consent of Candidate form at the same time as your nomination paperwork (petitions). This applies to major party candidates in the primary election, independent candidates in the general election, and candidates nominated by party committee (except candidates for justice of the peace).

 

Justices of the Peace

Major and Minor Party Justices of the Peace

Major and minor party justice of the peace candidates are nominated by town caucus or town party committee in order to be placed on the ballot in the general election (November 4, 2014). The caucus must be held on or before the primary election. If a town fails to hold a caucus, nominations may be made thereafter by party committee. In either case, the committee chair or secretary must file the statement of nomination with the town clerk no later than 5 p.m. on the third day following the primary (August 29, 2014). No consent of candidate form is required for justice of the peace nominations.

Justice of the peace Statement of Nomination by Party Committee:

Justice of the Peace Party Committee Nomination Forms

 

Independent Justices of the Peace

Independent justice of the peace candidates file a statement of nomination (petition) and consent of candidate form with the town clerk in order to be placed on the ballot in the general election (November 4, 2014). These statements of nomination and consent forms must be filed no sooner than Monday, May 12, 2014, and no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Independent justice of the peace candidate Statement of Nomination, Consent of Candidate, and instructions:

Independent Jusitce of the Peace Petition and Consent 

 

Number of Signatures Required 

Major Party Candidates

Office Sought

Number of Signatures Required

Place to File

State/Congressional Officers

500 signatures

Office of the Secretary of State

State Senate

100 signatures

Senatorial District Clerk

State Representative

50 signatures

Representative District Clerk

County Office (Probate Judge, Assistant Judges (Side Judges), State’s Attorney, Sheriff, High Bailiff)

100 signatures

County Clerk


Independent Candidates

Office Sought

Number of Signatures Required

Place to File

State/Congressional Officers

500 signatures

Office of the Secretary of State

State Senate

100 signatures

Office of the Secretary of State

State Representative

50 signatures

Office of the Secretary of State

County Office (Probate Judge, Assistant Judges (Side Judges), State’s Attorney, Sheriff, High Bailiff)

100 signatures

Office of the Secretary of State

Justice of the Peace

30 signatures or 1 percent of legal voters of town, whichever is less

Town Clerk

You must fill out the petition heading before seeking signatures. When obtaining signatures on a petition, you must fill in the name of the office (i.e. governor, state representative, etc.) you are seeking before having voters sign. For state senate and state representative, you must fill in the district name, for example Washington 3–2 or Caledonia senate district. You can add the names of the towns in the district if you choose, but if you do not also include the district name your petition will not be accepted.

Don’t start too early. Although Vermont statute is silent on when to start collecting signatures on a petition, if you obtain signatures too far in advance, some of those signors may move from the town they lived in when they originally signed the petition, invalidating the signature.

Get extra signatures. It’s always a good idea to obtain more than the minimum number of signatures, as some signatures may not be valid.


Minor Party Nomination

For the 2014 election cycle, all minor parties organized in Vermont will be posted on the Office of the Secretary of State’s website after January 1, 2014. This listing will include contact information for the party’s chair and/or executive director.

Minor party candidates do not participate in the primary elections. Instead, minor party committees meet to nominate candidates. The chair of the committee sets a date, time and place for the meeting and gives five days’ notice to all members of the committee. If the chair of the committee has not called a meeting then any three members of the committee may set the date, time and place of meeting.

Nominations of party candidates are made by the following political committee of the party:

  1. State committee (in the case of state or congressional officers)
  2. County committee (in the case of county officers)
  3. Senatorial district committee (in the case of the office of state senator)
  4. Representative district committee (in the case of the office of representative to the general assembly)

The committee then files a statement of nomination with the secretary of state. An original signed copy of the consent of candidate form for each candidate nominated by a minor party must be filed at the same time as the statement of nomination or the nomination will not be accepted. In order to ensure that your candidate(s) will appear on the ballot, you should have the candidate(s) sign the consent of candidate form(s) at the meeting to nominate.

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This page was last updated: 2014-08-26