Candidate filing is
underway for town council and clerk-treasurer positions. The deadline to
file is noon local time on Friday, Feb. 8.
How to File:
Candidates from the
major parties must file two forms: a CAN-42, declaration of candidacy, and a
CAN-12, statement of economic interests. These forms should be turned in to
the Porter County Clerk’s office at the County Courthouse, 16 Lincolnway,
Suite 209, Valparaiso, no later than the posted deadline.
The Clerk’s office
is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. County Clerk
Jessica Bailey has announced that notaries will be available in her office
Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and then from 1 p.m. to
Jan. 15 notaries will not be available.
candidates to use the north entrance to the Courthouse and be mindful of the
ongoing construction and potential for difficulty parking around the
building. Those entering the courthouse cannot bring in electronic devices
and are subject to a security screening.
According to the
2019 Indiana Candidate Guide, Libertarian candidates do not have to file the
CAN-42 because they will be nominated by party town conventions hosted by
the party’s state committee. Unlike other minor parties the Libertarians
have an automatic ballot spot due to getting more than 2 percent of the
votes in a statewide election. Unlike the major parties, Libertarians due
not participate in the primary elections in May.
Other minor party
or independent candidates must file three forms: CAN-45, written consent to
become a candidate, CAN-44, petition of nomination, and the CAN-12. Minor
party and independent candidates must file a petition signed by a certain
number of registered voters in the district they are seeking election. That
number is equal to two percent of the number of votes cast for Secretary of
State in the last general election. The Voter Registration Office will
determine the registration status of each petition signator.
have until noon local time on Monday, July 1 to submit their CAN-45 and
CAN-44 to the Voter Registration office, 155 Indiana Avenue, Suite 105,
Valparaiso, for verification. Once the petition is certified by the Voter
Registration Office, candidates must file all three forms with the Clerk no
later than noon local time on Monday, July 15.
forms can be found on the Porter County Website under “Candidate Filing
Information” on the Elections page, which is at this link: