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Running for Office in Ottawa County

All candidates must be registered and qualified electors of the districts in which they are seeking office.

Step 1: What office are you running for?

To find the complete list of available offices for 2019 and 2020, please see our candidate listing, here.

If you are unsure of which precinct you live in, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center. This website allows you to view your voter registration status, sample ballot, polling location, and voting precinct.

Step 2: Where do I file for office?

All federal, statewide, and judicial candidates file for office with the Michigan Department of State's Bureau of Elections. The Bureau of Elections can be contacted by phone at (800) 292-5973, or email at elections@michigan.gov.

Candidates running for the following offices in 2019/2020 must file with their Local City or Township Clerk:

  • Mayor
  • City Council Member or Commissioner
  • Village Officers
  • Township Officers

Candidates running for the following offices in 2020 must file with the Ottawa County Clerk:

  • State Representative
  • County Clerk / Register of Deeds
  • County Prosecuting Attorney
  • County Sheriff
  • County Treasurer
  • County Water Resources Commissioner
  • County Commissioner
  • Local School Board Member
    • (Note: Allendale Public Schools Board Member candidates file with the Allendale Township Clerk.)
  • Precinct Delegate

Candidates for city, township, or village offices file with their local city or township clerk. To find contact information for your local clerk in Ottawa County, click here.

Please note: All candidates who file with the Ottawa County Clerk must submit their filing at the West Olive location of the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

Step 3: I’m running for office and I file with a filing official in Ottawa County. What forms and information do I need?

Each office has different filing requirements. Please select the appropriate office for more detailed information.

Offices Appearing on the Ballot in 2019

  • City of Coopersville
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with the City Clerk’s Office until Friday, July 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit petition signatures in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the City Charter, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All candidates in the City of Coopersville must collect a minimum of 25 signatures to be placed on the ballot. All petitions must be completed on the proper form, and petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to the Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds office within 20 days of becoming a candidate.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The City of Coopersville will elect four City Council Members during the November 5, 2019 City General Election.

    Term of Office

    Coopersville City Council Members are elected to 4-year terms.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • City of Ferrysburg
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with the City Clerk’s Office until Friday, July 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit petition signatures in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the City Charter, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All candidates in the City of Ferrysburg must collect a minimum of 25 signatures to be placed on the ballot. All petitions must be completed on the proper form, and petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to the Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds office within 20 days of becoming a candidate.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver.

    Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The City of Ferrysburg will elect the city’s Mayor and three City Council Members during the November 5, 2019 City General Election.

    Term of Office

    The Mayor is elected to a 2-year term, and City Council Members are elected to 4-year terms.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • City of Grand Haven
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with the City Clerk’s Office until Friday, July 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit petition signatures in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the City Charter, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All candidates in the City of Grand Haven must collect a minimum of 25 signatures to be placed on the ballot. All petitions must be completed on the proper form, and petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to the Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds office within 20 days of becoming a candidate.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver.

    Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The City of Grand Haven will elect the city’s Mayor and two City Council Members during the November 5, 2019 City General Election. The Grand Haven Board of Light and Power will elect one Trustee.

    Term of Office

    The Mayor is elected to a 2-year term, City Council Members are elected to 4-year terms, and Board of Light and Power Trustees are elected to 6-year terms.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • City of Holland
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with the City Clerk’s Office until Friday, July 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit petition signatures in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the City Charter, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Candidates for the offices of Mayor and Council Member At-Large in the City of Holland must collect a minimum of 60 signatures to be placed on the ballot, with at least 10 signatures from each Ward. Candidates for the offices of Council Members for the 2nd, 4th and 6th Wards must collect a minimum of 20 signatures to be placed on the ballot.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to the Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds office within 20 days of becoming a candidate.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver.

    Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The City of Holland will elect the city’s Mayor, one At-Large Council Member, and one Council Member per Ward from the 2nd, 4th and 6th Wards during the November 5, 2019 City General Election.

    Term of Office

    The Mayor is elected to a 2-year term, and all City Council Members are elected to 4-year terms.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • City of Hudsonville
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with the City Clerk’s Office until Friday, July 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit petition signatures in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the City Charter, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All candidates in the City of Hudsonville must collect a minimum of 15 signatures to be placed on the ballot. All petitions must be completed on the proper form, and petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to the Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds office within 20 days of becoming a candidate.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver.

    Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The City of Hudsonville will elect the city’s Mayor and three City Council Members (one Council Member per Ward) during the November 5, 2019 City General Election.

    Term of Office

    The Mayor and City Council Members are elected to 4-year terms.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • City of Zeeland
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with the City Clerk’s Office until Friday, July 26, 2019 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit petition signatures in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the City Charter, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All candidates in the City of Zeeland must collect a minimum of 25 signatures to be placed on the ballot. All petitions must be completed on the proper form, and petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to the Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds office within 20 days of becoming a candidate.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver.

    Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The City of Zeeland will elect the city’s Mayor and three City Council Members during the November 5, 2019 City General Election.

    Term of Office

    The Mayor is elected to a 2-year term, and City Council Members are elected to 4-year terms.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

Offices Appearing on the Ballot in 2020

  • Michigan State Representative, 88th District
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All State Representative candidates in Ottawa County must collect a minimum of 200 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    AAll state-level candidates must file campaign finance forms with the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections.

    Positions Available

    Each State House District elects one member to the state legislature. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All State Representatives are elected to 2-year terms, and are limited to serving three terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidate who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Michigan State Representative, 89th District
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All State Representative candidates in Ottawa County must collect a minimum of 200 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    AAll state-level candidates must file campaign finance forms with the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections.

    Positions Available

    Each State House District elects one member to the state legislature. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All State Representatives are elected to 2-year terms, and are limited to serving three terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidate who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Michigan State Representative, 90th District
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All State Representative candidates in Ottawa County must collect a minimum of 200 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All state-level candidates must file campaign finance forms with the Michigan Department of State’s Bureau of Elections.

    Positions Available

    Each State House District elects one member to the state legislature. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All State Representatives are elected to 2-year terms, and are limited to serving three terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidate who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Ottawa County Prosecuting Attorney
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All Countywide candidates in Ottawa County must collect a minimum of 500 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements
    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    Ottawa County has five countywide elected officials: Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk / Register of Deeds, Treasurer, and Water Resources Commissioner. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office
    All Countywide Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidate who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election. Current Candidates All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.
  • Ottawa County Sheriff
    Filing Form and Deadlines
    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected. The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.
    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement
    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All Countywide candidates in Ottawa County must collect a minimum of 500 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    Ottawa County has five countywide elected officials: Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk / Register of Deeds, Treasurer, and Water Resources Commissioner. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Countywide Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidate who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All Countywide candidates in Ottawa County must collect a minimum of 500 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    Ottawa County has five countywide elected officials: Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk / Register of Deeds, Treasurer, and Water Resources Commissioner. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Countywide Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidate who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates
    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.
  • Ottawa County Treasurer
    Filing Form and Deadlines
    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected. The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.
    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All Countywide candidates in Ottawa County must collect a minimum of 500 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    Ottawa County has five countywide elected officials: Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk / Register of Deeds, Treasurer, and Water Resources Commissioner. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Countywide Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidate who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Ottawa County Water Resources Commissioner
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All Countywide candidates in Ottawa County must collect a minimum of 500 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    Ottawa County has five countywide elected officials: Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff, Clerk / Register of Deeds, Treasurer, and Water Resources Commissioner. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Countywide Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidate who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Ottawa County Commissioner
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All County Commission candidates in Ottawa County must collect a minimum of 20 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Ottawa County Board of Commissioners has 11 members, with each member representing one commission district. Each district elects one member every two years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Ottawa County Commissioners are elected to 2-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidate who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Allendale Charter Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 20 signatures, and a maximum of 50, for all offices in Allendale Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and four Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Blendon Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Blendon Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and two Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Chester Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Chester Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and two Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Crockery Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Crockery Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and two Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Georgetown Charter Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 50 signatures, and a maximum of 100, for all offices in Georgetown Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and four Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Grand Haven Charter Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 20 signatures, and a maximum of 50, for all offices in Grand Haven Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and four Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Holland Charter Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 50 signatures, and a maximum of 100, for all offices in Holland Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and four Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Jamestown Charter Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Jamestown Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer, and four Trustees. The Township also elects six, nonpartisan, Library Board Directors. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election. (Note: Nonpartisan candidates will only appear on the Primary ballot if the number of candidates is more than twice the number of positions Available.)

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Olive Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Olive Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and two Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Park Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 20 signatures, and a maximum of 50, for all offices in Park Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and four Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Polkton Charter Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Polkton Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and four Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Port Sheldon Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Port Sheldon Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and two Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Robinson Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Robinson Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and two Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Spring Lake Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 20 signatures, and a maximum of 50, for all offices in Spring Lake Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and four Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Tallmadge Charter Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Tallmadge Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and four Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Wright Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Wright Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and two Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Zeeland Charter Township
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Township Clerk’s office by Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file until Friday, July 24, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    Partisan candidates must submit a minimum of 3 signatures, and a maximum of 10, for all offices in Zeeland Township. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Township Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    The Township elects one Supervisor, one Clerk, one Treasurer and four Trustees. Each office is elected every four years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    All Township Elected Officials are elected to 4-year terms. All partisan candidates will be nominated at the August 4, 2020 Primary Election. Candidates who receive their party’s nomination, or candidates who are running without party affiliation, will appear on the ballot during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Spring Lake Village Council President
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Spring Lake Township Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with the Spring Lake Township Clerk’s Office until Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All candidates in Spring Lake Village must collect a minimum of 3 signatures to be placed on the ballot. All petitions must be completed on the proper form, and petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    Spring Lake Village elects one president every two years. The Village President will be elected during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Term of Office

    The Spring Lake Village President is elected to a 2-year terms.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Spring Lake Village Council Member
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to the Spring Lake Township Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with the Spring Lake Township Clerk’s Office until Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All candidates in Spring Lake Village must collect a minimum of 3 signatures to be placed on the ballot. All petitions must be completed on the proper form, and petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office.

    All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    Spring Lake Village elects three council members every two years. Three candidates will be elected during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Term of Office

    Spring Lake Village Council Members are elected to 4-year terms.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Local School Board Member
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit an Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. (Please note: Candidates for Allendale Public Schools must file with the Allendale Township Clerk.) Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, October 23, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected. The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    All candidates must submit either petition signatures or a filing fee in order to appear on the ballot. The petition signature requirement is based on the population of the district, and all signatures must be from registered voters of the district.

    All school board candidates in Ottawa County must collect a minimum of 40 signatures to be placed on the ballot. A filing fee of $100 can be paid in lieu of submitting petition signatures. This fee is paid to the Ottawa County Clerk’s Office.

    All petitions must be completed on the proper form. Additional petition forms can be picked up from our office – Ottawa County Clerk / Register of Deeds, 12220 Fillmore St., Room 130, West Olive, MI 49460.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    All candidates must open a campaign finance committee. The Statement of Organization form creates a campaign finance committee. This form must be submitted to our office within 20 days of becoming a candidate. We recommend that all candidates complete the Statement of Organization form and submit it with their Affidavit of Identity when they file for office. All new candidate committees must complete the starred * items on the Statement of Organization form.

    Candidates who expect to spend or receive less than $1,000 may apply for a reporting waiver. Committees with a reporting waiver are not required to submit additional campaign finance documents to our office. However, this waiver is automatically lost if the committee goes over the $1,000 limit. To apply for the waiver, check “Yes” in box 10 on the Statement of Organization.

    Candidates without the reporting waiver must submit regular reports to our office. In years where candidates appear on the ballot, they must submit campaign finance statements to our office before and after each election. When a candidate does not appear on the ballot, candidates must submit both Annual and Quarterly statements.

    Positions Available

    Each school district has a different number of positions available, but most school districts in Ottawa County elect two candidates every two years. All available positions are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

    Term of Office

    Most school board candidates in Ottawa County are elected to 6-year terms. School Board members for West Ottawa Public Schools are elected to 4-year terms. All candidates will be elected during the November 3, 2020 General Election.

    Current Candidates

    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

  • Precinct Delegate
    Filing Form and Deadlines

    All candidates must submit the Precinct Delegate Affidavit of Identity. This form must be submitted to our office by Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 4:00 PM in order to appear on the ballot. Write-in candidates may file with our office until Friday, July 31st, 2020 at 4:00 PM. Write-in candidates must submit a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form in order to be elected.

    The Affidavit of Identity must be filled out completely and notarized before your name can appear on the ballot. Our office can notarize this form at no charge.

    Petition or Filing Fee Requirement

    Precinct Delegate candidates do not need to submit petitions or a filing fee to appear on the ballot.

    Campaign Finance Reporting Requirements

    Precinct Delegate candidates are not required to report campaign finance activity.

    Positions Available

    Each precinct has a pre-determined number of Precinct Delegate positions available, and those designations are made by the county political parties. Those numbers will be updated on our candidate listing as they are submitted to our office.

    Term of Office

    All precinct delegates (for both political parties) are elected every two years during the August Primary Election. In 2020, all Precinct Delegates will be elected during the August 4, 2020 Primary Election.

    Current Candidates
    All candidates who have filed for office for 2019 and 2020 are listed on the Ottawa County Candidate Listing, which can be found online at www.miOttawa.org/elections.

Additional Information

Precinct Delegates have one primary responsibility – they are voting members of the party at the county party’s political convention. The convention happens in the week or so following the August Primary. However, there are other responsibilities that vary by party or county. Precinct Delegates can:

  • Assist parties with voter registration
  • Be a liaison between a party and a precinct
  • Recruit new party members
  • Volunteer for other roles within the party
If you have specific questions about how to get involved with one of our local political parties, you can contact the party chairs:

Ottawa County Democratic Party
Kim Nagy | 616-443-8992 | ottawadems@yahoo.com

Ottawa County Republican Party
David Kroll | 616-396-3791 | info@OttawaGOP.org