Elections | Candidate Qualifying Forms

 

 All signatures on petitions for independent or special election candidates for statewide or state-district offices MUST be verified by the signer’s circuit clerk before submission to the Secretary of State’s office. All party candidates for statewide and state district offices must file their qualifying papers along with the appropriate qualifying fee at the office of their respective state party headquarters. Only independent candidates file with the Secretary of State.

 

  Federal Offices  
 Office Party Candidate Form

*Independent Candidate Form

*Special Elections Form  Qualifications
 UNITED STATES PRESIDENT & VICE PRESIDENT       Qualifications: No Person except a natural bornCitizen, or a Citizen of the United Statesat the time of the Adoption of the Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.  U.S. Constitution Article II, Section I. Candidates’ nominating petitions must be accompanied by a list of Presidential electors including the electors’ addresses.Independent Candidates’ nominating petitions, signed by at least (1,000) qualified voters of this state, must also be accompanied by electors statements pursuant to Miss. Code Ann. §23-15-785 (3).
 UNITED STATES SENATOR       Qualifications: Each senator must be at least 30 years old, must have been a citizen of the United States for at least the past nine years, and must be, at the time of the election, an inhabitant of the state they seek to represent.  U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 3Fee for political party candidates:  $300 paid to respective state executive committee’s secretary. Miss. Code Ann. §23-15-297.
Party candidates submit a qualifying statement of intent along with the qualifying fee.
Independent candidates file a qualifying statement of intent and a petition with the Secretary of State containing signatures of not less than 1,000 qualified electors of the state.  Miss. Code Ann. §23-15-359.
 UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE       Qualifications: Each congressional district shall be entitled to one (1) representative, who shall have attained the age of twenty-five (25) years, and been seven (7) years a citizen of the United States, and who shall, when elected, be an inhabitant of the state.  Miss. Code Ann., §23-15-1035.
Fee for political party candidates: $200 paid to respective state executive committee’s secretary.Miss. Code Ann. §23-15-297.

Party candidates submit a qualifying statement of intent along with the qualifying fee.
Independent candidates file a qualifying statement of intent and a petition with the Secretary of State containing signatures of not less than 200 qualified electors of district.  Miss. Code Ann. §23-15-299.
  State Offices  
 Office Party Candidate Form

*Independent Candidate Form

*Special Elections Form  Qualifications
 Governor     Qualifications: A qualified elector, at least 30 years old, a citizen of the United States 20 years, and a resident of the state five years next preceding the day of election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V, §117 and art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: $300 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 1,000. No fee required.
  Lieutenant Governor Qualifications: Same as required of the Governor. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V, §128 and art. XII, § 250. Fee for party candidates: $200 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 1,000. No fee required.
  Secretary of State     Qualifications: A qualified elector, at least 25 years old, and a citizen of the state five years next preceding the day of election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V, §§133 and 134 and art. XII, §250; MISS. CODE ANN. §83-1-3. Fee for party candidates: $200 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 1,000. No fee required.
 State Auditor       Qualifications: A qualified elector, at least 25 years old, and a citizen of the state five years next preceding the day of election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V, §§133 and 134 and art. XII, §250; MISS. CODE ANN. §83-1-3. Fee for party candidates: $200 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 1,000. No fee required.
 State Treasurer       Qualifications: A qualified elector, at least 25 years old, and a citizen of the state five years next preceding the day of election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V, §§133 and 134 and art. XII, §250; MISS. CODE ANN. §83-1-3. Fee for party candidates: $200 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 1,000. No fee required.
  Commissioner of Insurance       Qualifications: A qualified elector, at least 25 years old, and a citizen of the state five years next preceding the day of election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V, §§133 and 134 and art. XII, §250; MISS. CODE ANN. §83-1-3. Fee for party candidates: $200 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 1,000. No fee required.
  State Attorney General     Qualifications: A qualified elector, a practicing attorney for five years, at least 26 years old, and a citizen of the state five years. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. VI, §173 and art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: $200 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 1,000. No fee required.
  Commissioner of Ag. & Commerce       Qualifications: A qualified elector with a general knowledge of agriculture, mining, manufacturing, statistics, and general industries and an experienced and practical agriculturist. MISS. CODE ANN. §69-1-1; MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: $200 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 1,000. No fee required.
         
 

 JUDICIAL OFFICES

 
Office  

Independent Candidate Form

Special Elections Form Qualifications
 Supreme Court Justice       Qualifications: A qualified elector for and from the Supreme Court District in which election is sought (residency), at least 30 years of age, a practicing attorney, and a citizen of the state for five years immediately preceding the election. (Miss. Const. of 1890, Art. 6, §§145, 145-A, 145-B and 150) Fee: $200 made payable to the State Board of Election Commissioners, delivered to the Secretary of State's Office.
 Court of Appeals Judge       Qualifications: A qualified elector for and from the Court of Appeals District in which election is sought (residency), at least 30 years of age, a practicing attorney, and a citizen of the State for five years immediately preceding the election. (Miss. Const. of 1890, Art. 6, §150; see Bryant v. Westbrooks, 99 So. 3d 128 (Miss. 2012)). Fee: $200 made payable to the State Board of Election Commissioners, delivered to the Secretary of State's Office.
 Circuit & Chancery Court Judge       Qualifications: A qualified elector for and from the Circuit or Chancery court district (residency), at least 26 years of age, a practicing attorney for five years, and a citizen of the state for five years. (Miss. Const. of 1890, Art. 6, §§153 and 154; Miss. Code Ann. (Rev. 2002) §9-5-1) Fee: $100 made payable to the State Board of Election Commissioners, delivered to the Secretary of State's Office.
  STATE DISTRICT OFFICES  
Office Party Candidate Form

Independent Candidate Form

Special Elections Form Qualifications
  Public Service Commissioner     Qualifications: A qualified elector, at least 25 years old, a resident of the Supreme Court district in which he/she seeks election, and a citizen of the state five years preceding the day of election. MISS. CODE ANN. §77-1-1; MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. VII, §186 and art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: $200 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 300. No fee required.
  Transportation Commissioner       Qualifications: A qualified elector and a resident of the Supreme Court district in which he/she seeks election. MISS. CODE ANN. §65-1-3. Fee for party candidates: $200 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 300. No fee required.
 District Attorney       Qualifications: A qualified elector of the district and a practicing attorney admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Mississippi for two years. MISS. CODE ANN. §25-31-1. Fee for party candidates: $100 made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 100. No fee required.
         
  Senator       Qualifications: A qualified elector of the state four years, at least 25 years old, and an actual resident of the district or territory represented for two years before the election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art.
IV, §42.  Fee for party candidates: $15. For single county and multi-county districts, made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 50. No fee required. Submit certified petition to Secretary of State.
  Representative       Qualifications: A qualified elector and resident citizen of the state four years, at least 21 years old, and a resident of the county or district represented for two years before the election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. IV, §41. Fee for party candidates: $15. For single county and multi-county districts, made payable to the appropriate state party executive committee. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 50. No fee required. Submit certified petition to Secretary of State.
         
  COUNTY OFFICE  
Office Party Candidate Form

Independent Candidate Form

Special Elections Form Qualifications
  Sheriff       Qualifications: Not a defaulter to the state or any county or municipality or to the United States and a qualified elector. MISS. CODE ANN. §19-25-3. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V, §§135, and 138.
Fee for party candidates: $15 made payable to the appropriate county executive committee via Circuit Clerk.Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 50. No fee required.
  Chancery Clerk       Qualifications: A qualified elector of the county in which he/she seeks election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V §§135, and 138; art. VI, §168; art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: Same as for sheriff.
Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 50. No fee required
  Circuit Clerk       Qualifications: A qualified elector of the county in which he/she seeks election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V §§135, and 138; art. VI, §168; art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: Same as for sheriff.
Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 50. No fee required
  Tax Assessor       Qualifications: A qualified elector of the county in which he/she seeks election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V §§135, and 138; art. VI, §168; art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: Same as for sheriff.
Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 50. No fee required
  Tax Collector       Qualifications: A qualified elector of the county in which he/she seeks election. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V §§135, and 138; art. VI, §168; art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: Same as for sheriff.
Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 50. No fee required
  Superintendent of Education       Qualifications: A qualified elector, the holder of a valid Administrator's license issued by the State Department of Education, and not less than four years of classroom and or administrative experience. MISS. CODE ANN. §37-9-13; MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. VIII, §§202, 203, and 204; art. XII, §250.Fee for party candidates: Same as for sheriff.  Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 50. No fee required.
 County Court Judge     Qualifications: A qualified elector for and from the county court district (residency), at least 26 years old, a practicing attorney for five years, and a citizen of the state for five years preceding the election. MISS. CODE ANN. §9-9-1 et seq. Fee: $15 made payable to county Circuit Clerk.
 Surveyor       Qualifications: A registered land surveyor and a qualified elector of the county in which he/she seeks election. MISS. CODE ANN. §19-27-1; MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V §§135 and 138; art. XII, §250.  Fee for party candidates: $10 made payable to the appropriate county executive committee via Circuit Clerk. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 50. No fee required.
 Coroner       Qualifications: A qualified elector, at least 21 years of age, possessing a high school diploma or its equivalent, of the county in which he/she seeks election. The minimum education requirement shall not apply to any Coroner holding office on July 1, 1986, who is re-elected in the 1987 general election and thereafter as long as he/she maintains continuous active service. MISS. CODE ANN. §19-21-103; MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. V, §§135, and 138; art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: $10 made payable to the appropriate county executive committee via Circuit Clerk. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 50. No fee required.
         
  COUNTY DISTRICT OFFICES  
Office Party Candidate Form

Independent Candidate Form

Special Elections Form Qualifications
 Supervisor       Qualifications: A qualified elector of the county and a resident in the district in which he/she seeks election. MISS. CODE ANN. §19-3-3; MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. XII, §250; Williams v. Adams County Board of Election Commissioners, 608 F Supp. 599 (1985). Fee for party candidates: $15 made payable to the appropriate county executive committee via Circuit Clerk. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 15. No fee required.
 Justice Court Judge       Qualifications: A qualified elector, a resident of the county two years preceding the day of election, a high school graduate or its equivalent, and completion of a course of training required by law within
six months of the beginning of the term of office. MISS. CODE ANN. §9-11-3; MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. VI, §171 (1975) and art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: $10 made payable to the appropriate county executive committee via Circuit
Clerk. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 15. No fee required.
 Constable       Qualifications: A qualified elector in the county and district in which he/she seeks election. MISS. CODE ANN. §19-19-1 et seq. MISS. CONST. of 1890, art. VI, §171 (1975) and art. XII, §250. Fee for party candidates: $10 made payable to the appropriate county executive committee via Circuit Clerk. Number of signatures required for Independent candidates: 15. No fee required.
 Election Commissioner       Qualifications: A qualified elector in the county and district in which he/she seeks election. MISS. CODE ANN. §23-15-213.
Number of signatures required: 50. No fee required.
 School Board    Qualifications: A qualified elector of the district in which election is sought. Miss. Const. of
1890, §250. Every school board member shall have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
Miss. Code § 37-7-306. No fee for candidates, but a petition containing signatures of 50
qualified electors’ of the district required to be filed with the Circuit Clerk.
   

  

  Municipal Offices  
Office  Party Candidate Forms Independent Candidate Forms Special Elections Forms Qualifications

 

 

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All candidates must meet the following additional requirements to qualify for office: Qualified elector (registered voter) of the State of Mississippi in the municipality of the office for which the candidate seeks election; Never have been convicted of bribery, perjury or other infamous crime, being defined as a crime punishable by confinement in the penitentiary (unless the candidate received a full pardon); Never have been convicted of a felony in federal court after December 8, 1992, nor of a crime in the court of another state which is a felony in this state, after December 8, 1992, as provided in Section 44 of the Mississippi Constitution.
A political party candidate must submit two items to the Municipal Clerk’s office: (1) a filing fee of ten dollars ($10.00) by 5:00 p.m. at least sixty (60) days prior to the primary election and, (2) a written Statement of Intent containing the name and address of the candidate, the name of the party with which the candidate is affiliated, and the office the candidate is seeking (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-309 (1972)). The Municipal Clerk must forward the Statement of Intent and the filing fee to the Secretary of the proper Executive Committee. The forms are available at your Municipal Clerk’s Office, Municipal Party headquarters, and the Secretary of State’s Office.
Independent candidates do not pay a qualifying fee. To qualify as an independent candidate in a municipal general election, a candidate must file a petition with the Municipal Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on the same day that candidates in Primary Elections must qualify, i.e., at least sixty (60) days prior to the first primary election (Miss. Code Ann. §§ 23-15-361 and 23-15-309 (1972)). The petition must be signed by at least fifty (50) qualified voters of a municipality or ward, if the municipality or ward has a population of one thousand (1,000) residents or more. The petition must be signed by at least fifteen (15) qualified voters of a municipality or ward, if the municipality or ward, has a population of fewer than one thousand (1,000) residents (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-361 (1972)). The Municipal Clerk must certify that the signatures are those of registered voters in the municipality. Petitions are available at the Municipal Clerk’s Office, the Secretary of State’s Office.
 

 

 

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Beer and Light Wine Referendum
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Special Separate School District Trustee(Louisville, Grenada, Natchez-Adams County and Tishomingo County

 

 

 

 

 

Special Separate School District Trustee(Vicksburg-Warren County only)

 

 

 


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