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NCSL Election Resources

The NCSL elections team provides a variety of resources on election issues, including but not limited to 50-state surveys on state laws, legislation databases, a monthly elections newsletter, enactment summaries and other publications.

2024 State Primary Election Dates

This page provides state primary and presidential election dates for 2024 when legislative, congressional, gubernatorial, statewide office and presidential primary contests will be on the ballots in 46 states.

Paperwork Requirements to Run for the State Legislature

Every state requires candidates for office to file paperwork notifying the state that the filer intends to run and is completing or has completed the necessary steps to have their name placed on the ballot. The paperwork also notifies the state campaign finance regulator that the new candidate will be submitting finance reports.

Petition Requirements to Run for the State Legislature

Every state except Alaska has a petition process to get on the ballot. Some states require all candidates to submit petitions, some states allow petitions instead of filing fees, and some only require petitions for candidates running as minor party, independent or unaffiliated candidates.

Filing Fees to Run for the State Legislature

Filing fees are a common prerequisite to becoming a candidate and running for an office in the state legislature. In 33 states, candidates are either allowed or required to pay a filing fee to become a candidate. This page contains a brief history of filing fees, an overview of how they are set, a table detailing each state’s requirements and alternatives to fees for indigent candidates.

How to Run for the State Legislature

To become a candidate for state legislature, individuals must meet eligibility requirements and file paperwork. In some states, potential candidates must also complete petitions and pay filing fees to get on the ballot.

Statewide Ballot Measures Database

NCSL’s Statewide Ballot Measures Database includes all statewide ballot measures in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, starting over a century ago.