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Running for office

 
 
 
  
Candidates may easily create nomination petitions forms online using
our Candidate Petition Form webpage. Forms created using the
Candidate Petition Form webpage offer several benefits, including the
following:  
  
·      These nomination petition forms are designed to streamline the login and petition review conducted at the Department of State, which will reduce the amount of time candidates spend waiting in line.
 
·    A candidate may save an electronic copy of their personalized nomination petition forms for efficient distribution to volunteers.
 
·    These nomination petition forms virtually eliminate the possibility of printing errors by campaign volunteers and/or data entry errors by Department personnel.
  
 
If you have questions about the Candidate Petition Form webpage,
please contact the Department of State toll-free at 1-877-868-3772.
 
 
 
“Things You Will Need” Checklist when Submitting Petitions
   
          ·    A completed and notarized Candidate’s Affidavit
  

          ·    Nomination petition page(s) with the required number of signatures

  
          ·    A copy of your Statement of Financial Interests
  
                                   *Not required for Federal or Political Party Offices
  
          ·    A certified check or money order payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
 
PLEASE NOTE:
  

               ·         Petitions must be printed 2-sided on 8 ½ x 11” paper, head to head

                ·         Each petition page must be notarized after signatures are gathered
  

               ·         Remember to click the link on the petition form webpage to obtain the Statement

                          of Financial Interests form.
 
  
 
QUALIFICATIONS OF JUSTICES AND JUDGES
   AS PROVIDED BY ARTICLE V, SECTION 12(a OF THE CONSTITUTION OF PENNSYLVANIA
                    Justices, judges and justices of the peace shall be citizens of the Commonwealth.  Justices and judges shall be members of the bar of the Supreme Court.  Justices and judges of statewide courts, for a period of one year preceding their election or appointment and during their continuance in office, shall reside within the Commonwealth.  Other judges and justices of the peace, for a period of one year preceding their election or appointment and during their continuance in office, shall reside within their respective districts, except as provided in this article for temporary assignments.
 
 
 
State-level Offices Eligible for Election in 2017
 
-  Justice of the Supreme Court
-  Judge of the Superior Court
-  Judge of the Commonwealth Court
-  Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
-  Judge of the Municipal Court (Philadelphia)
   
 
USEFUL LINKS
 
                                                   Frequently Asked Questions
 
   
 
If you have any questions, please email petitions@pa.gov
  
or call 717-787-5280.