Leonardtown, MD – Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at 9 p.m., marks the deadline for an individual to file as a candidate for the upcoming 2018 Primary Election. Under State law, an individual must file a Certificate of Candidacy by 9 p.m. on the last Tuesday in February in the year in which the primary election will be held. The filing location depends on the office sought. All federal and State candidates file a Certificate of Candidacy at the State Board of Elections (SBE), located at 151 West Street in Annapolis Maryland. Local candidates should file at the local board of elections.

Besides filing a Certificate of Candidacy, all candidates must pay a filing fee at the appropriate board of elections. State and local candidates must also provide evidence the candidate has filed a financial disclosure statement and established a candidate committee at SBE. Candidates for Central Committee are not required to establish an authorized candidate campaign committee if the candidate spends $1,000 or less in personal funds on the election and receives no contributions. Candidates who have filed a Certificate of Candidacy prior to January 1, 2018 must file a new financial disclosure statement with the appropriate ethics agency prior to March 1, 2018. Failure to meet any of the requirements prior to the deadlines will invalidate the Certificate of Candidacy and remove the individual from the ballot.

The 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, and the 2018 Gubernatorial General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Additional election-related dates and forms are available at www.elections.maryland.gov. For more information, contact the St. Mary’s County Board of Elections at 301-475-4200, extension (star) *1625 or the State Board of Elections at 1-800-222-VOTE (8683) or www.elections.maryland.gov.