2018 Election Documents

Governing Board Seats to be Elected

2016 Signature Requirements

2018 signature requirements will be available after March 1, 2018, as they are based upon March 1st voter registration totals.


Candidate Packet Info Requests

MCESA provides informational packets to interested candidates. The packets contain valuable information designed to guide both new candidates and incumbents through the process of becoming a governing board member. We expect this year's packets to be available beginning in November. Governing Board Elections occur in even numbered years (i.e. 2018). Click Here to request a packet.

Statements of Organization and Threshold Exemption Statements (Campaign Finance) 

A Political Committee Statement of Organization must be filed with either the Maricopa County Elections Department or the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) once a candidate’s committee has reach a combined total of $1,100 in contributions and expenses. This includes the use of the candidate’s own monies. Campaign Finance forms are included in the candidate packet and are also available for download online at http://recorder.maricopa.gov/elections/candidatecampaigninfo.aspx. Candidates are able to gather petition signatures without forming a committee.

Petition Signature Filing 

During the established candidate filing period, a candidate must file the following original documents with MCESA in order for his/her name to appear on the ballot:

  • Nomination Paper/Affidavit of Qualification/Campaign Finance Statement, which must be notarized
  • Petition Signatures (number of required signatures vary by district)

The candidate filing period for the November 6, 2018 election begins at 8:00 a.m. on July 9, 2018 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2018. Petitions presented before or after the established filing period CANNOT be accepted. (A.R.S. § 16-311 (F)) Nomination Petitions and Nomination Papers can be filed with the MCESA or with the Maricopa County Elections Department.

**Candidates for Two (2) Year Terms MUST designate the term expiration of the term following the name of the office on the petitions prior to gathering signatures, as well as on the nomination papers.**

Candidate 10-Day Challenge Period

During the established candidate challenge filing period, a candidate's filing for candidacy (qualifications, nomination papers, petitions, etc.) can be challenged with the Maricopa County Superior Court. The 10-day challenge period for the 2018 Governing Board Elections is August 9, 2018 through 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2018. Process instructions will be available closer to candidate filing.

Write-In Candidates

A write-in candidate must file the following original document with MCESA by 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2018:

  • Nomination Paper/Affidavit of Qualification/Campaign Finance Statement, which must be notarized

Candidate Statements

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute § 15-421, each candidate whose name has been certified to appear on the election ballot/write-in list shall submit the following:

1.  A recent photograph.

2.  A typewritten or electronic statement, not to exceed 500 words.

Certified Candidates may begin submitting the data described above NO EARLIER THAN August 9, 2018 and NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m., September 13, 2018.

A signed hard copy to of the candidate's statement can be delivered to MCESA's office or may be sent via email from the candidate's email address on file with MCESA to SchoolElections@mcesa.maricopa.gov.