Independent and Third Party Candidates
NOTE: The forms on this page may not be used for the Democratic or
The signature requirements have been updated as a result of a federal district court order that established new signature requirements for nomination papers filed by statewide candidates from the Constitution Party, the Green Party and the Libertarian Party. See Order, Constitution Party v. Cortés, No. 12-2726, Doc. No. 97 (E.D. Pa. June 30, 2016). Because having different nomination requirements for different political bodies raises equal protection concerns under both the Federal and State Constitutions, and because other political bodies would likely be able to obtain relief similar to that already afforded to the Constitution Party plaintiffs, the Secretary of the Commonwealth has decided to apply the new signature requirements to all nomination papers submitted by statewide political body candidates. However,
notwithstanding the decision of the Secretary of the Commonwealth to apply the
lower signature requirement to all nomination papers for all political bodies
for statewide candidates, it remains possible that individual qualified
electors may file objections to nomination papers in court on the basis that
the federal court order does not expressly apply to statewide political body
candidates other than the three political bodies who brought the
litigation. In the event that objections to a nomination paper were filed
by a qualified elector, the court would determine on its own authority whether
to enforce the signature requirement imposed by section 951(b).
All 2016 independent and third party candidates
who file with the Department of State can download the nomination paper forms,
candidate affidavit, Statement of Financial Interests and nomination paper
instructions on this page. Please see the eligible 2016 state-level offices
below for a listing of offices on the ballot.
-President of the United States (and running mate)
-United States Senator
-Representative in Congress
-Senator in the General Assembly
(Odd numbered districts)
-Representative in the General Assembly
Downloading Nomination Paper Forms and Instructions
These forms may not be used for the Democratic or Republican primaries.
Please read all
instructions carefully and use the checklist below to confirm that you have
everything you need prior to filing.
- A nomination paper
containing no less than the required number of signatures of qualified,
o The preamble on each
nomination paper page must contain the names and addresses of
(This section must be completed prior to circulating.)
o Each nomination paper
page must contain the names of at least three and no more than
five members of
the Committee to Fill Vacancies. (This section must be completed prior
o The signers on each
nomination paper page must be registered to vote in Pennsylvania
and they must be
residents of the districts identified in the Candidate Information section.
o The circulator must
complete and sign the Statement of Circulator on each page AFTER
the signatures of registered voters are collected.
- A candidate affidavit
for each candidate listed in the nomination paper.
- A copy of a completed
Statement of Financial Interests for each candidate running for Attorney
General, Auditor General, State Treasurer, Senator in the General Assembly, or
in the General Assembly. (The original copy of the Statement of
Financial Interests must be filed
in the Office of the State Ethics Commission
by the filing deadline.)
- A certified check or
money order in the correct filing fee amount for each candidate listed in the nomination paper. (Candidates who are unable to pay the filing fee can submit
in lieu of the filing fee a signed Statement of Inability to Pay Filing Fee
- If you download the
nomination paper forms from this page, please make sure that you print the
signature pages as two-sided (duplex) pages on 8 ½ x 14 inch paper. You may also
packet of nomination paper forms and instructions in person or
through the mail.
- Please remember to
number your pages.
- If you have any
questions, you can contact the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
toll free at 1-877-868-3772.