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Candidates, Committees & Campaign Finance

If you are a candidate looking to run for office in Maricopa County, a Political Action Committee supporting or opposing county, school or special district ballot measures, this page will provide you with the information, resources and campaign finance information needed to participate in elections.

Our front counter is open by appointment only. Residents who need to return forms to the Elections Department can contact us to make an appointment.

Notice: The Independent Redistricting Commission and cities across the county are updating congressional, legislative and city council districts. Because of these changes, digital voter ID cards, mapping searches and district information on the website may not be up-to-date as Maricopa County works to implement the approved changes into our systems. These updates will not impact the March 2022 jurisdictional election. New voter ID cards will be mailed to all voters whose boundaries have changed. If you have further questions, please contact [email protected].

Running for Office?

If you are planning to run for office in Maricopa County, begin here. Types of offices include: county officers, justices of the peace, constables, local school and fire district governing boards. It’s a multi-step process to get started.

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If you want to run for office in Maricopa County

Request a Candidate Packet

This packet contains all the information you need to run for election in Maricopa County. It includes nomination forms, a blank sample petition sheet, candidate handbook with important rules and regulations, important dates and training opportunities. It’s important for potential candidates to use this information as a guide to ensure you start your campaign off right.

Request a Packet

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Before gathering signatures

File a Statement of Interest

Candidates must gather signatures to qualify to appear on the ballot. Before you start, you’ll need to file a Statement of Interest, publicly declaring your candidacy. Signatures collected prior to filing the Statement of Interest are invalid. Download the form below. Email completed, signed forms to [email protected].

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If you have met the contribution/expenditures threshold

File your Statement of Organization

Only candidates that spend and/or raise $1,300 or more on your campaign are required to file a Statement of Organization for a candidate committee. Candidate committees have 10 days to file a Statement of Organization after the threshold has been met. If a candidate never reaches the threshold, registration and reporting are not required; however, the committee should keep record of all transactions. Submit your Statement of Organizations by email, hand delivery or by mail. Once you file, you are required to file campaign finance reports. Registration thresholds are increased by $100 at the beginning of each odd numbered year (i.e. January 1, 2019) pursuant to A.R.S. § 16-931(A)(1). Download the form below.

  
Submit By Email

Email the completed Statement of Organization to [email protected].

  
Submit By Drop Box, Mail or in Person

If you’re dropping off paperwork, you may use the secure drop box located at the south side of the parking lot (enter from 3rd Avenue). Please schedule an appointment if you plan to drop off your paperwork by calling 602-372-2262 or email [email protected]. Click here for a complete list of observed holidays.

Maricopa County Elections Department
Attn: Campaign Finance
510 S. 3rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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In order to qualify to appear on the ballot you must

File your Nomination Forms

While signatures and nominations forms are required for all candidates, the number and content is unique to each office. State law outlines the filing periods and deadlines for each election. Download the checklist below to make sure you have everything you need to officially submit your candidacy. Original Nomination Papers and Nomination Petitions must be filed.

Starting a Committee?

If you are a special interest group supporting or opposing county, school or a special district ballot measures, recall election, or make independent expenditures in Maricopa County, begin here.

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To form a Political Action Committee in maricopa County you must

File a Statement of Organization

Any entity must register as a political action committee if supporting or opposing a ballot measure or recall election in Maricopa County AND has spent and/or raised $1,300 or more in connection with any election during the calendar year. To register, download the form below and submit your Statement of Organization by email, drop box or by mail. Once you file, you are required to file campaign finance reports.

Need to Close Your Committee?

If you filed a statement of organization in Maricopa County to establish your committee and you are no longer running for office or you no longer have any activity for the ballot measure, recall or independent expenditures, you must terminate your committee.

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To CLOSE your Political Action Committee (PAC) in Maricopa County, you must

File a Termination Statement

All active political committees must file campaign finance reports until a final report ending in a $0.00 balance and the Termination Statement if filed. Download the form below and submit your Termination Statement by email, drop box or by mail. Once you file, you are no longer required to file campaign finance reports. However, for any late filings be advised that applicable late fees are required. Email completed, signed forms to [email protected]

Campaign Finance

Candidates and Political Committees collecting and/or spending funds related to an election in Maricopa County must file reports showing the contributors and expenses of the committee. All Campaign Finance documents are public record. To view a candidate or committee filing, use the Campaign Finance Search below.

Campaign Finance Search   Reporting Dates
Campaign Finance Filing | Paper or Electronic

Candidates and Committees can file a paper form or an electronic form to submit the required reports. Find reporting dates here.

File a Paper Form

To use the paper form, download the reporting form below. When filing using the paper form, you can email, mail by regular mail or certified mail, or drop off the completed report using the drop box outside the Elections Department. All hard copy paper reports must be received by our office by 5 p.m. on the date the report is due.

  
Submit By Drop Box, Mail or in Person

If you’re dropping off paperwork, you may use the secure drop box located at the south side of the parking lot (enter from 3rd Avenue). Please schedule an appointment if you plan to drop off your paperwork by calling 602-372-2262 or email [email protected]. Click here for a complete list of observed holidays.

Maricopa County Elections Department
Attn: Campaign Finance
510 S. 3rd Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85003

File an Electronic Form

All Maricopa County candidates and committees may file campaign finance documents through our secure electronic portal. If you’ve never used the Secure Online Portal, you must first create a new account. Otherwise, please visit the portal to file your paperwork. All reports filed electronically must be received by our office by 11:59 p.m. on the date the report is due.

  
Submit Via Secure Online Portal

Maricopa County has a secure electronic portal for candidates and committees to file campaign finance reports. If you’ve never used the Secure Online Portal, you must first create a new account. Otherwise, please visit the portal to file your paperwork.

Returning Users   New Users

  
Submit By Email

Email completed campaign finance reports to [email protected].

 
Campaign Finance Reporting Dates

Campaign Finance Reports must be received by our office by the deadline. This is outlined in statute and there can be no exceptions. Any reports received after the due date will accrue a $10 per day late fee for the first 15 days. After 15 days, the fee increases to $25 per day. Fees continue to accrue until the report is received. Late fees are required by law (A.R.S. 16-937.B) and cannot be waived.

 

Reporting Period

2021

Quarter 1 - January 1 - March 31
Quarter 2 - April 1 - June 30
Quarter 3 - July 1 - September 30
Quarter 4 - October 1 - December 31

2022

Quarter 1 - January 1 - March 31
Quarter 2 - April 1 - June 30
Pre-Election Report - July 1 - July 16
Quarter 3 - July 17 - September 30
Pre-Election Report - October 1 - 22
Quarter 4 - October 1 - December 31

 

Filing Dates

April 1 - 15
July 1 - 15
October 1 - 15
January 1 - 15, 2022

April 1 - 15
July 1 - 15
July 17 - 23
October 1 - 15
October 23 - 29
January 1 - 17, 2023

 

Additional Information

Questions?

Call us Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at (602) 372-2262 or email us at to [email protected].

Public Records Requests

Use the Finance Search to view financial records for a candidate or committee. To view any original filed documents, please complete the Public Record Request form. Email the completed request to [email protected]. Upon receipt of your request, our office will contact you to schedule an appointment. If copies are requested, the cost is $0.25 per page and $3.00 per certification. For all other public records requests click here.

Non Commercial Request Form   Public Record Request Form
Maps and Data

To find out what district you’re in, click here. View and download county maps here.

Previous Election Information

Filed Candidate Statement of Interest

Most candidates running for public office must first file a Statement of Interest prior to collecting signatures. Below are lists of candidates who have filed Statements of Interest.

To find more information about local candidates, please visit to following websites:

HOLIDAY
2021
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New Year's Day
Friday, January 1
Friday, December 31
Martin Luther King Jr. / Civil Rights Day
Monday, January 18
Monday, January 17
President's Day
Monday, February 15
Monday, February 21
Memorial Day
Monday, May 31
Monday, May 30
Independence Day
Monday, July 5
Monday, July 4
Labor Day
Monday, September 6
Monday, September 5
Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 11
Friday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November 25
Thursday, November 24
Day After Thanksgiving
Friday, November 26
Friday, November 25
Christmas Day
Friday, December 24
Monday, December 26
 
FERIADO
2021
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Día de Año Nuevo
Viernes, Enero 1
Viernes, Diciembre 31
Martin Luther King Jr. / Día de los Derechos Civiles
Lunes, Enero 18
Lunes, Enero 17
Día del Presidente
Lunes, Febrero 15
Lunes, Febrero 21
Memorial Day
Lunes, Mayo 31
Lunes, Mayo 30
Día de la Independencia
Lunes, Julio 5
Lunes, Julio 4
Día laboral
Lunes, Septiembre 6
Lunes, Septiembre 5
Día de los Veteranos
Jueves, Noviembre 11
Viernes, Noviembre 11
Día de Gracias
Jueves, Noviembre 25
Jueves, Noviembre 24
Día después del Día de Acción de Gracias
Viernes, Noviembre 26
Viernes, Noviembre 25
Día de Navidad
Viernes, Diciembre 24
Lunes, Diciembre 26
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