Filing For Office

Candidate Filing For The 2020 Primary Election

Candidates should file at the Porter County Elections & Registration office located in the Porter County Administration Center, 155 Indiana Ave., Suite 105 in Valparaiso. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 


Candidate Filing Dates

The first day a declaration of candidacy for major political party nomination (or election as a Republican Party precinct committeeman or state convention delegate of with major political party at the primary) is Wednesday, January 8, 2020. The deadline for filing is Noon on Friday, February 7, 2020.


Information Resources For Candidates 

The Porter County Elections & Registration office and the Indiana Secretary of State Election Division have provided important informational resources for candidates, and it is highly recommended that you download and read these materials. Just click on the links below.

2020 Candidate Quick Reference Guide (PDF)

2020 Campaign Finance Manual (PDF)

EMAIL US if you have any questions regarding filing.


Required Filing Forms For Major Political Party Candidates For County, School Board or Town (Odgen Dunes Only) Offices.

All Major Political Party Candidates are required to complete and file a Declaration of Candidacy For Primary Nomination (CAN-2) and a Statement of Economic Interests (CAN-12). These forms are available by clicking on the applicable links below. Please note that some forms MUST be signed in the presence of a Notary Public. Deadline for filing these forms is Noon on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Declaration Of Candidacy For Primary Nomination (CAN-2)  (PDF)

Statement of Economic Interests (CAN-12) (PDF)


Required Filing Forms Precinct Committeemen or State Delegates

All candidates for state convention delegates of either major political party or for Republican Party precinct committeeman are required to complete a Declaration of Candidacy for Precinct Committeeman or State Convention Delegate (CAN 37). This form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.Please note that some forms MUST be signed in the presence of a Notary Public. Deadline for filing this form is Noon on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Declaration of Candidacy for Precinct Committeeman or State Convention Delegate (CAN 37) (PDF)