February 11, 2016

Time to file for offices decided in November running out

Another campaign deadline fast approaches.

Incumbents must file by the end of today for those offices solely decided in the November 6th general election.

“These offices tend to be smaller offices,” according to Deputy Secretary of State Neal Erickson.

Affected offices include small public power districts, reclamation districts, educational service units, county weed boards, township officers, village boards and Class II school districts, according to the Secretary of State’s office. None of those offices were on the May primary election ballot.

Erickson points out that the term “incumbent” isn’t confined solely to the person holding the office in question.

“An incumbent is defined as anybody who holds any elective office,” Erickson says. “So, a village board member who is running for an educational service unit, they are an incumbent.”

They must file by this evening at 5 o’clock. Non-incumbents have until August 1st to file.

Erickson says that if the office is confined to within a single county’s boundaries, candidates need to file with their local county clerk. If the office crosses county lines, candidates file with the Secretary of State’s office.

For more information, call the Secretary of State’s Office at (402) 471-2555 or the county election office.

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