Are you thinking of running for office?
Do you know someone who would be
a GREAT candidate?
Deadline for 2024 Candidate Petitions:
Wednesday, December 20, 2023 | 4:00pm
The 2024 election cycle brings many local races.
The Erie County Board of Elections has petitions available for candidates.
2nd State Senate District
89th State House District
County Commissioner (2 positions)
County Prosecuting Attorney
(Currently held by Kevin Baxter – D)
(Currently held by Ellen Olsen – D)
(Currently held by Paul Sigsworth – D)
County Juvenile Court Judge
Federal Elections include:
U.S. President/U.S. Vice President
(Currently held by President Joe Biden – D/Vice President Kamala Harris – D)
(Currently held by Senator Sherrod Brown – D)
U.S. House of Representatives – 9th Congressional District
(Currently held by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur – D)
Ohio Supreme Court Justices include:
Justice Michael Donnelly – D | Full Term
Justice Melody Stewart – D | Full Term
Judge Lisa Forbes – D | Complete a Partial Term
What is involved? What are the requirements?
Valuable information is provided below!
IRS EMPLOYEE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER (EIN)
Candidate Campaign Committee – How to get an IRS EIN Number: Every campaign MUST have an (1) EIN # to be able to (2) setup a bank account, then (3) submit your Designation of Treasurer to appropriate county board of elections or Secretary of State. Once these three steps are completed, candidate may begin to accept contributions!
- Make sure you have determined/decided what the name of your campaign committee will be as you will need to provide it on the form.
- Example: Friends of ____; Committee to Elect _____.
- Here is IRS link:
- Click on APPLY ONLINE NOW box.
- Click on BEGIN APPLICATION box.
- Click on VIEW ADDITIONAL TYPES…then continue.
- Click on POLITICAL ORGANIZATION…then continue.
- On next page, just click on continue.
- On next page, click on BANKING PURPOSES…then continue.
- On next page, you begin to fill in your information.
- At the bottom of this page, click on I AM RESPONSIBLE…then click on continue.
- Then just fill in the information. You have a certain amount of time to complete and submit the form. If you do not submit form within the time frame allotted, you just start over again.
- NOTE: There is a YES or NO question about filing tax return. Local candidates answer this as No. There is an amount you must raise before filing tax returns!
- When you submit the form, you will receive your EIN #.
- Make a copy of the page with your EIN # as you will need a copy for the bank to setup your campaign bank account. You should also keep a copy of the form for your own records.
CANDIDATE REQUIREMENT GUIDE
Please note that additional information is provided below
specific to judicial candidates.
2024 Presidential Guide (PDF)(opens in a new window)
2024 Candidate Requirement Guide (PDF)
is updated on an annual basis,
contains requirements and guidelines for those
who may decide to run for elected office.
The above publication is available in electronic format only.
For candidates’ forms and petitions, please visit here.
Additional information that may be beneficial:
Campaign Finance Statutes and Administrative Rules
DESIGNATION OF TREASURER
A campaign cannot accept any donations
until a Designation of Treasurer form is completed
and submitted to the appropriate filing entity –
for local candidates or issues, it would be filed with the
Erie County Board of Elections.
Any questions, contact the Erie County Board of Elections.
To print out form, please visit here.
For all campaign forms, please visit here.
The 2023 Elections Calendar (PDF – 11″x17″)
The 2024 Elections Calendar (PDF, 11″ X 17″)
provides dates and information on elections,
campaign finance deadlines and events throughout each year.
Includes Campaign Finance Reporting Dates.
This publication is available in electronic format only.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORTING CALENDAR
For the 2023 Reporting Calendar with Filing Deadlines,
please visit here.
The 2024 Reporting Calendar with Filing Deadlines
will be posted as soon as available from Ohio Secretary of State.
The Campaign Finance Reporting Calendar contains filing dates throughout the year.
Filing entities submitting reports to a county board of elections
should contact the board for special election dates and other filing deadlines.
See Ohio Revised Code 3517.10 for complete details of the timing
and requirements for most campaign finance reporting.
CAMPAIGN FINANCE FORMS
Click here for Campaign Finance Forms
CAMPAIGN FINANCE HANDBOOK
All chapters revised May 2022
Visit here to view or download the Ohio Campaign Finance Handbook.
The Ohio Campaign Finance Handbook assists all reporting entities
in navigating the various regulatory paths established by Ohio law.
Each of the handbook’s chapters discusses specific entity types or
areas of campaign finance activity and can serve as a map for the reader
to understand each area of regulation and reporting applicable to their circumstance.
This publication is available in electronic format only.
Local candidates and other political entities may also receive
filing information from their local county board of elections.
To contact the Erie County Board of Elections:
419.627.7601 | E-mail: erie@OhioSoS.gov
FILE REPORTS ONLINE: E-FILING
Online Campaign Finance E-Filing with the Secretary of State’s Office
is permitted for those committees that file reports with the Secretary of State’s Office.
Local committees may file all reports with their board of elections OR online.
If you have questions about where you should file your reports,
please contact the Erie County Board of Elections: 419.627.7601.
Here are links for E-Filing:
Campaign Finance E-Filing: Main Page
State E-Filers – File Now
Local/County E-Filers – File Now
CONTRIBUTION LIMIT CHART
The Contribution Limit Chart is adjusted for inflation
in each odd-numbered year.
Current Limit Chart – PDF
FEBRUARY 25, 2023 – FEBRUARY 24, 2025
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct provides a page – link is here – containing information and resources for judicial candidates, members of judicial campaign committees, and other individuals involved in judicial campaigns or interested in rules applicable to judicial campaign conduct. Please refer to the following links:
- 2024 Judicial Candidate Seminar Schedule
- 2024 Judicial Candidate Handbook
- 2024 Judicial Candidate Seminar Presentation – Board of Professional Conduct
- Campaign Finance Presentation for Judicial Candidates – Ohio Secretary of State
- Judicial Campaign Conduct and Finance Rules – Includes all provisions effective as amended as of October 15, 2020
- The U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, has effectively established an additional exception to the general prohibition against the solicitation of campaign contributions by judicial candidates. See Rule 4.4(A), Code of Judicial Conduct, and AFSCME v. Brunner, et. al., 912 F.Supp. 556 (S.D. Ohio 2012) (Rule 4.4(A) is unconstitutional as applied to judicial candidates who personally solicit campaign contributions from immediate family members).
- Contribution Limits for Judicial Candidates
- For candidates running for judicial office in 2021 and thereafter
- Campaign Conduct; Enforcement and Sanction Rules
- Judicial Campaign Misconduct Case Summaries
- Advisory Opinions Relative to Judicial Campaign Conduct and Fundraising
- Ohio Elections Commission Advisory Opinions
- Statutory Requirements for Newly Elected or Appointed Judges
- Oaths, Bonds and Required Documentation
- Financial Disclosure for Judges, Magistrates, and Judicial Candidates
The Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct requires all judicial candidates, including incumbent judges, to attend and complete a two-hour seminar on judicial campaign practices. A judicial candidate is required to complete the two-hour training requirement at least one year prior to, or sixty (60) days after, his or her candidacy is certified by the election authority.
The judicial campaign seminars include instruction on ethics rules applicable to judicial campaign conduct, including participation in campaign activities, the content of judicial campaign advertisements, and campaign fundraising activities. The seminar also addresses state law requirements on disclaimers and campaign finance reporting.
The seminars are a collaboration among the Ohio Board of Professional Conduct, the Ohio Judicial College, and the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.
Judicial candidates are encouraged to bring their campaign treasurer and volunteers to the seminar. The seminars are offered at no cost to attendees, and no preregistration is required. Judges and attorneys attending the seminar receive two hours of continuing legal education credit.
If you have any questions regarding any of the judicial information above, please refer to the contacts listed below:
Ohio Board of Professional Conduct
65 South Front Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431
Questions re: Canon 4 (campaign conduct and fundraising):
- Richard A. Dove, Esq., Director
- D. Allan Asbury, Esq., Senior Counsel
Questions re: Ohio Elections Laws (campaign finance reporting and disclaimers):
- Erie County Board of Elections
- E-Mail: erie@OhioSoS.gov
- Ohio Secretary of State /Campaign Finance Division
If any questions concerning any of the above information,
please contact the Erie County Board of Elections
2900 Columbus Avenue, Room 101, Sandusky 44870
419.627.7601 | erie@OhioSoS.gov
the appropriate contact provided above for Judicial candidates.
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