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2016 State of Michigan Election Dates

Important Dates for Michigan Candidates

Election Dates:Political Mail Service

State Primary                      August 2, 2016

State General Election      November 8, 2016

 

Michigan Campaign Finance Filing Dates

By Jan. 31        Annual Campaign Statements filed.  Books close Dec. 31, 2015.

By July 22        Pre-Primary Campaign Statements due.  Books close July 17.

By Sept. 1        Post-Primary Campaign Statements due.  Books close Aug. 22.  

By Oct. 28       Pre-General Campaign Statements filed.  Books close Oct. 23.

By Dec. 8         Post-General Campaign Statements filed.  Books close Nov. 28.

By Jan. 31        Annual Campaign Statements filed.  Books close Dec. 31, 2016.

 

Filing Deadlines: Michigan Candidates     

By 5:00 p.m., March 21, 2016

Incumbent Appeals Court, Circuit Court, District Court and Probate Court judges file Affidavit of Candidacy and Affidavit of Identity for the August primary. Withdrawal deadline elapses at 5:00 p.m. on March 24.  (168.409b, 413a, 414,433a, 434, 467c and 467d)

 

By 4:00 p.m., April 19, 2016  

Candidates seeking Appeals Court, Circuit Court, District Court or Probate Court judgeships file nominating petitions, Affidavit of Identity and Affidavit of Constitutional Qualification for the August primary.  Withdrawal deadline elapses at 5:00 p.m. on April 22.  (168.409b, 409c, 413, 414, 433, 434, 467b and 467d)

Partisan and nonpartisan candidates (other than judicial candidates) file nominating petitions (or fees if applicable) and Affidavit of Identity for the August primary. Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on April 22.  (168.53, 93, 133 and 163 for federal and state-level offices; assorted other statutes for local offices)

 

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By 4:00 p.m., May 3, 2016     

Candidates for county convention delegate (precinct delegate) file an Affidavit of Identity for the August primary.  Filing submitted to the clerk of the county in which candidate resides.  Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on May 6. (168.624, 624a)

 

By 4:00 p.m., May 10, 2016

Candidates seeking a Wayne County Community College Trustee position file an Affidavit of Identity and a nonpartisan nominating petition. Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on May 13.  (389.83)

 

By 5:00 p.m., July 5, 2016

Incumbent Supreme Court Justices file Affidavit of Identity and Affidavit of

Candidacy forms for the November general election.  (168.392a and 558)

 

By 4:00 p.m., July 21, 2016

District Library Board candidates who wish to seek office at the November general election file an Affidavit of Identity and a nonpartisan nominating petition.  (A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.) (Special note:  If district library includes a school district, District Library Board candidates file by 4:00 p.m. on August 16, 2016) (397.181)

Candidates without political party affiliation file qualifying petitions and Affidavit of Identity for the November general election.  Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on July 25.  (168.590c)

 

By 4:00 p.m., July 22, 2016

Write-in candidates other than write-in candidates who seek precinct delegate positions file Declaration of Intent forms for the August primary.  (168.737a)

 

By 4:00 p.m., July 26, 2016

Local School Board candidates and Community College Trustee candidates who wish to seek office at the November general election file an Affidavit of Identity and a nonpartisan nominating petition.  (A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.) Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on July 29. Candidates seeking a Wayne County Community College Trustee position file by

4:00 p.m. on May 10. (168.303; 389.83, 152)

Village candidates who wish to seek office at the November general election file an Affidavit of Identity and a nonpartisan nominating petition.  Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on July 29.  (168.381)

 

By 4:00 p.m., July 29, 2016

Write-in candidates who seek precinct delegate positions file Declaration of Intent forms with the city or township clerk for the August primary.  (As an alternative, candidates for precinct delegate may file the Declaration of Intent form with appropriate precinct board on election day before the close of the polls.) (168.737a)

 

August 2, 2016 Michigan Primary Election

 

By 4:00 p.m., August 16, 2016

District Library Board candidates (library in districts that include a school district) who wish to seek office at the November general election file an Affidavit of Identity and a nominating petition.  (A $100.00 nonrefundable fee may be filed in lieu of a petition.) Withdrawal deadline elapses at 4:00 p.m. on August 19. (Special note:  If district library does not include a school district, District Library Board candidates file by 4:00 p.m. on July 21.) (397.181)

 

By 4:00 p.m., Oct. 28, 2016

Write-in candidates file Declaration of Intent forms for the November general election.  (168.737a)

 

November 8, 2016 Michigan General Election

Filing Deadlines: New Parties and State Ballot Proposals

By 5:00 p.m., June 1, 2016

Petitions to place a legislative initiative proposal on the November general election ballot filed with the Secretary of State (252,523 valid signatures required).  (168.471)

 

By 5:00 p.m., July 11, 2016    

Petitions to place a proposed constitutional amendment on the November general election ballot filed with the Secretary of State (315,654 valid signatures required).  (168.471)

 

By 4:00 p.m., July 21, 2016    

New political parties file petitions to qualify for November general election ballot (31,566 valid signatures required).  (168.685)

 

 

Filing Deadlines: County and Local Proposals

By Apr 26, 2016

Petitions to place county and local questions on the August primary ballot filed with county and local clerks.  (If governing law sets an earlier petition filing deadline, earlier deadline must be observed.) (168.646a)

 

By 4:00 p.m., May 10, 2016   

Ballot wording of county and local proposals to be presented at the August primary certified to county and local clerks; local clerks receiving ballot wording forward to county clerk within two days.  (168.646a)

 

By Aug. 2, 2016          

Petitions to place county and local questions on the November general election ballot filed with county and local clerks.  (If governing law sets an earlier petition filing deadline, earlier deadline must be observed.) (168.646a)

 

By 4:00 p.m., Aug. 16, 2016   

Ballot wording of county and local proposals to be presented at the November general election certified to county and local clerks; local clerks receiving ballot wording forward to county clerk within two days. (168.646a)

 

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Important Mailing Dates

Prior to AV Primary Ballots being mailed (typically 45 days prior to Primary)

Prior to Primary

Prior to AV General Election Ballots mailed (typically 45 prior to General)

Prior to General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines

July 5, 2016 Last day to register for August primary.  (168.497)

Oct. 11, 2016 Last day to register for November general election.  (168.497)

 

OFFICES TO BE ELECTED IN 2016

 President/Vice President

 U.S. Representative in Congress (all 14 districts) State Representative (all 110 districts)

State Board of Education (2 seats) University of Michigan Regents (2 seats) Michigan State University Trustees (2 seats) Wayne State University Governors (2 seats) Justice of the Supreme Court

Judge of the Court of Appeals Judge of the Circuit Court Judge of the District Court Judge of Probate

Specified County, City, Township and Village Offices

Specified School District Positions

 

More Information Available

ELECTIONS:  For information on matters relating to elections, contact your county, city or township clerk.  Information can also be obtained from the Michigan Department of State, Bureau of Elections, P.O. Box 20126, Lansing, MI 48901-0726.  Phone:  (517) 373-2540.  Fax:  (517) 373-0941.  Email: Elections@Michigan.gov.  Web site:   www.Michigan.gov/elections.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE:  State candidates, local candidates and political groups have financial disclosure obligations under Michigan’s Campaign Finance Act.  For information, contact your county clerk or the Michigan Department of State, Bureau of Elections.

 

Candidates running for federal office should contact the Federal Election Commission, 999 E Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20463.  Toll free line:  (800) 424-9530. Web site:  www.fec.gov.