Candidates/Running for Office

Run for Office in York County

You can find information on how to run for office, as well as for other election and campaign-related services on this page, on the main Election Information page, and under the Campaign Finance page.

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Becoming a Candidate

Candidates must file the proper paperwork under the specified timeline with the York County Elections & Voter Registration Office in order to get your name on the ballot for a primary or general election.

Important Information:

2022 Pennsylvania Elections Important Dates to Remember (PDF) (subject to change without notice).

Elective Office in Local Government (PDF)

Citizen's Guide to Pennsylvania Local Government (PDF)

Please use the following Candidate Interest Form to notify the Elections Office of your intention to run for public office.  If you provide your email address, the required forms will be emailed to you.  Please note, this form is for tracking purposes ONLY.  All required documentation must be submitted to the Elections Office in order to become a candidate. The required forms can also be picked up at our office or downloaded below (see Required Documentation below).

You can also visit our Election Information page to see when offices are up for election.

Required Documentation

2022 Nomination Petition Documents:

These documents are for Democratic and Republican candidates to get their name on the ballot in a primary election.  Completed forms for local candidates must be submitted to the York County Elections & Voter Registration Office by the deadline.  (Petition packets for 2023 will be released in late 2022 or early 2023).

2022 Nomination Paper Documents:

These documents are for political body, third party, independent, and non-affiliated candidates to get their name on the ballot in a general election.  Please refer to the PA Department of State website for all of the required documents.  Candidates running for state or federal offices must submit their original, completed forms to the PA Department of State by the deadline. Completed forms for candidates running for local offices must be submitted to the York County Elections & Voter Registration Office by the deadline.