Creating a Petition

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It is the responsibility of the Candidate or their circulator to complete the petition(s) in the manner that is required by law.

Petitions must be printed double-sided or they will not be accepted.

Create a Nomination Petition by completing the web form below. You will be able to download and print your Nomination Petition at the end of the process for circulating and filing purposes.

Complete the required fields below. Review the section detailing how your name will appear on the ballot. Make sure your name appears exactly as you wish it to be on the ballot. Nicknames will not be allowed. When you are satisfied, click the "This is exactly how I wish my name to appear on the ballot" checkbox. Next, read the linked policy and click the "Candidate is NOT a city employee or candidate is a city employee and is aware of the political activity and resign to run provisions in Article 10 of the City Charter." checkbox. Click the "Petition must be printed double-sided or it will not be accepted." checkbox to signal that you understand that if you do not print double-sided, your petition(s) will not be accepted. Click the link to download the Instructions for Circulating and Filing Nomination Petitions. Please read the instructions carefully. After you have read the instructions, click the box confirming that you have done so.

Due to recent law changes, circulators need not reside in the district of the candidate. They must only be qualified electors in Pennsylvania and of the party indicated on the petition. Updated instructions are available at the links below.

Instructions for filing and circulating Nomination Petitions for District Attorney or City Controller are available here.

Instructions for filing and circulating Nomination Petitions for Judge of Election or Inspector of Election are available here.

The unsworn declaration prepared by the Department of State is available here.

A nickname is allowed only if it is a derivative of the legal name or it is how the candidate is known in their community. If the candidate wishes to appear on the ballot with a nickname, a Name Change Affidavit should be completed and submitted. You can download this form here.

Your personalized Nomination Petition will appear. There will be a link to either correct or download your Petition at the top of the page.