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Elections Division

Running for Office

  • Filing Dates and Deadlines

    State, County & Local Offices
    Partisan Candidates
    City Candidates
    (Nonpartisan)
    Precinct Delegate Local School Board
    File by 4 p.m. on April 25th, 2017

  • Petition Signatures
    • Official petition forms are available at our West Olive location.
    • Candidates for county-wide offices, County Commission, and Local School Board file petitions with the Ottawa County Clerk. Candidates for state-level offices file with the State of Michigan, and candidates for local city and township offices file with their local clerk.
    • The number of petition signatures required is based on the population of the district of the office. Those figures can be found here.
    • Candidates for Local School Board in Ottawa County are required to file between 40 and 100 signatures.
    • Candidates for county-wide office, County Commission, or Local School Board may pay a $100 filing fee in lieu of submitting petition signatures.
    • Rules for Circulating City/Township Nominating Petition Forms.
  • Affidavit of Identity
    • The Affidavit of Identity can be found here.
    • The Affidavit of Identity is filed with a candidate's petition signatures or filing fee.
    • This form must be filed out completely and correctly in order for your name to appear on the ballot. The form can be notarized at any of our office locations.
    • Candidates for the office of Precinct Delegate must file this form with our office: Precinct Delegate Affidavit of Identity.
  • Statement of Organization
    • The Statement of Organization must be filed by any candidates within 10 days of forming a candidate committee. This form can be found here.
    • Candidates for state-level offices must file this form with the State Bureau of Elections. All other candidates file the Statement of Organization with our office. (Note: Precinct Delegates are not required to submit this form.)
    • Helpful tips for filling out the Statement of Organization:
      • Box 1: This will be provided by our office.
      • Box 8: The committee must have a treasurer, but this person may be the candidate.
      • Box 9: The committee is not required to have a designated record keeper.
      • Box 10: Check "Yes" if your committee is planning on spending or receiving less than $1,000.
      • Boxes 12 and 13: These items do not apply to candidates filing at the County Clerk's office.
      • Box 14: This form must be signed by both the candidate and treasurer.
    • Failure to file the Statement of Organization form will result in a fine of $25 per day, with a maximum fine of $500.
  • Campaign Finance Reporting
  • Precinct Delegates
    • The Precinct Delegate Affidavit of Identity can be found here.
    • The deadline to file for 2016 is May 3rd at 4 PM
    • This form must be filed out completely and correctly in order for your name to appear on the ballot. The form can be notarized at any of our office locations.
    • Precinct Delegate candidates can submit their Precinct Delegate Affidavits of Identity at any of our office locations:
    Grand Haven Holland West Olive
    414 Washington Avenue
    Room 320
    Grand Haven, MI 49417
    12251 James Street
    Holland, MI 49424
    12220 Fillmore Street
    Room 130
    West Olive, MI 49460