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Run for Office

Run for office and make a difference in our community. Read more below about the positions available and how to run for them.

As a candidate, you are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the election and campaign finance requirements that apply to your campaign, which you may obtain from either the Wisconsin Statutes or from your private attorney. In addition, you may obtain general information about elections from the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Information you receive from the County Clerk's Office may not be interpreted as legal advice or a release from your responsibility to comply with the law

Filing Requirements for Dane County Constitutional Office

Offices

The following offices are up for election on November 3, 2020

  • County Clerk
  • County Treasurer
  • Register of Deeds

Eligibility

Candidates for County Constitutional Office must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • 18 Years of Age
  • Elector/Resident of Dane County

Requirements

  1. Completion of Campaign Finance Registration Statement – Form CF-1
    Filed when candidacy is publicly announced and/or when expending/receiving funds for candidacy.
  2. Completion of Declaration of Candidacy - Form EL-162
  3. Completion of Nomination Papers - EL 168
    Collect between 500 and 1,000 signatures between April 15, 2020 and June 1, 2020
  4. Statement of Economic Interest
    Must be filed within 2 weeks of filing deadline, or by June 15, 2020

Deadline

The deadline for filing the Campaign Registration Statement, Declaration of Candidacy and Nomination Papers is
June 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Filing Location

The above forms must be filed with the Dane County Clerk at:
(we cannot accept faxed or e-mailed documents)

210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 106,
Madison, WI 53703

Election Dates

Primary: August 11, 2020
Election: November 3, 2020

Filing Requirements for Dane County Executive

Spring Election Dates

Primary (if needed): February 16, 2021
Election: April 6, 2021

Eligibility

Candidates for County Executive must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 18 Years of Age
  • Elector/Resident of Dane County

Requirements

  1. Completion of Campaign Registration Statement - Form CF-1

    The CF-1 is filed when candidacy is publicly announced and/or when receiving or expending funds for candidacy.

  2. Completion of Declaration of Candidacy – Form EL-162
  3. Completion of Nomination Papers – EL-169

    Collect 500 (minimum) to 1000 (maximum) signatures from Dane County electors between December 1, 2020 and January 5, 2021.

  4. Completion of Statement of Economic Interest

    Must be filed within 2 weeks of filing deadline, or by January 19, 2021.

Deadlines

The deadline for filing the above forms is January 5, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
(Except Statement of Economic Interest, which is due by January 19)

Filing Location

The above forms must be filed with the Dane County Clerk at:

210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 106,
Madison, WI 53703
(we cannot accept faxed or e-mailed documents)

Filing Requirements for Dane County Multi-Jurisdictional Municipal Judge

Eligibility

Candidates for Multi-Jurisdictional Municipal Judge must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • 18 Years of Age
  • Elector/Resident of one of the municipalities in that judicial jurisdiction.

Requirements

  1. Completion of Campaign Registration Statement – Form CF-1
    File when Candidacy publicly announced or when expending/receiving funds for candidacy.
  2. Completion of Declaration of Candidacy – Form EL-162
  3. Completion of Nomination Papers – EL-169
    Collect 20 (minimum) to 100 (maximum) signatures
    Signatures of qualified electors (at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen) may only be collected between December 1, 2019 and January 2, 2020. The deadline for filing the papers is January 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Only electors who live in the municipalities in the multi-jurisdictional district are allowed to sign the nomination papers.

    Signers must give their complete address (house number, street and municipality – no Post Office boxes), and must list the municipality of residence (city, village or township). Signers must date their signature, including the year.

    The circulator does not have to reside in the supervisory district. Circulators are only required to be qualified electors. The circulator must certify the nomination papers after obtaining the signatures. Signatures dated after the date listed by the circulator will not be counted. Signatures with addresses not in your district will not be counted. You may determine whether an address is in your district by checking https://myvote.wi.gov/.
  4. Completion of Statement of Economic Interest – Form ETHFR-904 SEI
    To be filed with the Wisconsin Ethics Commission, 212 East Washington Avenue, Third Floor P.O. Box 7984, Madison, WI 53707-7984

Deadlines

The deadline for filing above forms is January 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Instructions

The above forms must be filed with the Dane County Clerk at:

210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 106A,
Madison, WI 53703
(we cannot accept faxed or e-mailed documents)

Candidates for multi-jurisdictional municipal courts serving municipalities in multiple counties, please verify which county is the filing officer for the office.

Election Dates

Primary: February 18, 2020
Election: April 7, 2020

Filing Requirements for Dane County Board of Supervisors

Eligibility

Candidates for County Board Supervisor must meet the following eligibility requirements.

  • 18 Years of Age
  • Elector/Resident of Dane County

Requirements

Deadlines below are applicable to the August 10, 2021 Special Election for County Supervisor District 20

  1. Completion of Campaign Registration Statement – Form CF-1

    The CF-1 is filed when candidacy is publicly announced and/or when receiving or expending funds for candidacy.

  2. Completion of Declaration of Candidacy – Form EL-162
  3. Completion of Nomination Papers – EL-169
    Collect 50 (minimum) to 200 (maximum) signatures

    Signatures of qualified electors (at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen) may only be collected between June 4, 2021 and June 18, 2021. The deadline for filing the papers is June 18 at 5:00 p.m. Only electors who live in the supervisory district are allowed to sign the nomination papers.

    Signers must give their complete address (house number, street, and municipality – no Post Office boxes), and must list the municipality of residence (city, village or township). Signers must date their signature, including the year.

    The circulator does not have to reside in the supervisory district. Circulators are only required to be qualified electors. The circulator must certify the nomination papers after obtaining the signatures. Signatures dated after the date listed by the circulator will not be counted. Signatures with addresses not in your district will not be counted. You may determine whether an address is in your district by checking https://myvote.wi.gov/.

  4. Completion of Statement of Economic Interest

    Must be filed within 2 weeks of the filing deadline (July 2, 2021). Section VIII should contain your signature which must be witnessed (not notarized), the date you signed, your legibly printed name, and title (County Board Supervisor Candidate District #). Please read the instruction sheet for help in filling out the form.

Deadlines

The deadline for filing the above forms is June 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Instructions

The above forms must be filed with the Dane County Clerk at:

210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Room 106,
Madison, WI 53703
(we cannot accept faxed or e-mailed documents)

Candidates for multi-jurisdictional municipal courts serving municipalities in multiple counties, please verify which county is the filing officer for the office.

2020 Election Dates

Primary: February 18, 2020
Election: April 7, 2020

Notification of Non-Candidacy

Incumbents who are not running for their seat are asked to please submit the Notification of Non-Candidacy form to the County Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 2nd Friday preceding the deadline for filing ballot access paperwork.

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Friday, December 27, 2019 is the deadline for incumbents not running in the Spring 2020 to submit the form to the Clerk's Office.