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 March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election

Candidate Filing Dates & Deadlines

Tuesday, September 3: First day to circulate petitions for established political party candidates

Monday, November 25 – Monday, December 2: Petition filing period for established political party candidates

Monday, December 9: Last day for filing objections to nomination papers of candidates who filed during the November 25 – December 2 filing period

  • Last day to withdraw for candidates who filed for incompatible offices

Wednesday, December 11: Last day to conduct lottery for ballot placement

Thursday, January 9: Last day to file withdrawal papers with the State Board of Elections

Wednesday, January 15: Last day to file withdrawal papers with the County Clerk

Thursday, January 16: Last day to file a notarized declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate (5:00 PM)


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.