Candidates and Elected Officials

On this page, both new and returning candidates can find important election information and filing deadlnes as well as utilize the Clerk's Candidate Statement Tool.

Candidates can also find links to the official 2020 Candidate's Guide and Election and Campaign Finanace Calendar.

Click here for frequently asked questions on candidate filing and objections.


Important Dates and Signature Requirements Handout
for the November 3, 2020 Presidential Election

Candidate Filing Dates & Deadlines

Tuesday, March 24: First day to circulate petitions for independent candidates, new party candidates and nonpartisan candidates

Monday, June 1: Last day for appointee by established managing committee to file documents when no candidate was nominated at the Primary election

Monday, June 8: Last day to file objections to a resolution to fill a vacancy when no candidate was nominated at the Primary election

Monday, July 13 – Monday, July 20: Candidate filing period for new political parties, independent candidates and nonpartisan candidates

Monday, July 27: Last day for filing objections to nomination papers of candidates who filed during the July 13 – July 20 filing period. Objections are filed with the election authority where the nomination papers were originally filed

Thursday, September 3: Last day to file a notarized declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate


Candidate Statement Tool

The Cook County Clerk’s Office invites all candidates in suburban Cook County to submit a statement to be included in our online Voter Information guide. This is a free opportunity to tell voters – in your own words – about your background and positions.