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Be a Write-In Candidate

Steps to Becoming a Utah Write-In Candidate in Utah (other states will follow)

  1. Read the information for State Candidates http://www.elections.utah.gov/register/becoming-a-state-candidate

  2. File a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 60 days before the Regular Election

  3. File your Financial Disclosures online only

For more specific information, read below.

WRITE-IN CANDIDATES

To become a valid write-in candidate for a state office, an individual must file a Declaration of Write-In Candidacy no later than 60 days before the regular general election.

  • Candidates for statewide offices must file the declaration in person with the Lieutenant Governor's Office.

  • All other state office candidates may file the declaration in person either with the county clerk in their county of residence or with the Lieutenant Governor's Office.

  • Write-in candidates must meet the qualifications required for the state office they are seeking.

  • Filing the Declaration of Write-In Candidacy means that write-in votes for the candidate will be counted.

  • The candidate's name will NOT appear on the ballot.

 

Forms & Fees: http://www.elections.utah.gov/2014-candidate-declaration-forms

CANDIDATE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: http://elections.utah.gov/campaign-finance/disclosure-requirements

 

Where to File: You are required to file electronically at http://disclosures.utah.gov/

Register for an Account Here: http://disclosures.utah.gov/Account/Register

Deadlines: http://disclosures.utah.gov/File/55

IMPORTANT RESOURCES:

2014 Election Dates: http://elections.utah.gov/election-resources/2014-election-dates

2014 Political District Maps: http://www.elections.utah.gov/map/district-maps

Federal Candidates: http://www.elections.utah.gov/register/becoming-a-federal-candidate

Contact and Directions: http://elections.utah.gov/register/contact

It's not about winning.  It's about what is described below by Steven Covey:

"In everything you do [i.e. lending your voice to correct civil government], keep in mind the miracle of the Chinese bamboo tree.  After the seed for this amazing tree is planted, you see nothing, absolutely nothing, for four years except for a tiny shoot coming out of a bulb.  During those four years, all the growth is underground in a massive, fibrous root structure that spreads deep and wide in the earth.  But then in the the fifth year the Chinese bamboo tree grows up to eighty feet!

"Many things in life are like the Chinese bamboo tree.  You work and you invest time and effort, and you do everything you can possibly do to nurture growth, and sometimes you don't see anything for weeks, months, or even years.  But if you're patient and keep working and nurturing, that "fifth year" will come, and you will be astonished at the growth and change you see taking place.

"Patience is faith in action. Patience is emotional diligence. It's the willingness to suffer inside so that others can grow.  It reveals love.  It gives birth to understanding." (from 7 Habits for Highly Effective Families)

Read this inspired story of a write-in candidates' success in Pennsylvania (Scott Wagner) or this story about Mike Daniels winning as Mayor of Pleasant Grove, Utah as a write-in candidate