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 late January. Governing Board Elections occur in even numbered years (i.e. 2018). Click Here to request a packet.

Statements of Organization (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 reached 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 can gather petition signatures without forming a committee.

Campaign finance trainings for non-partisan and school governing board candidates in collaboration with Maricopa County Elections Department will be offered throughout the campaign season. See the flyer for dates and times. All dates and times listed below are subject to change; please refer to the Maricopa County Recorder's Office website for any updates.


Nonpartisan Nomination Petition and Nomination Paper forms below:

Filing Petition Signatures

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

When printing the Nonpartisan Nomination Petition, ensure the document will print as “Actual Size.” Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute § 16-315 (A), signature lines are to be ½ an inch apart. The document should be printed double sided as well, as seen below.

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Above is an example of how to complete header information on the Nonpartisan Nomination Petition. Click to enlarge.

Along with Nonpartisan Nomination Petitions, candidates must file the following original documents with MCESA in order for their name to appear on the ballot:

  • Nomination Paper/Affidavit of Qualification
  • Notarized Campaign Finance Statement, if applicable
  • Petition Signatures (number of required signatures vary by district)

 **Candidates for Two (2) Year Terms MUST designate the term expiration date 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

Immediately following the candidate 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 to 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 (F), 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 information described above NO EARLIER THAN August 9, 2018 and NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. on 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.