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Office of Elections
Candidate Filing Information
Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:
  • Be qualified to vote for and hold the office sought, and
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election.

The Virginia Board of Elections has developed and published candidate informational bulletins specific to each office type. In addition to the qualifications, forms and filing requirements, candidate information bulletins provide candidates with information he/she will need to run for office


November 8, 2016 Candidacy Requirements Guide for US House of Representatives


November 8, 2016 Candidacy Requirements Guide for President of the United States


Instructions for Potential Candidates

  1. Read the candidate bulletin for the office sought.
  2. Complete the Certificate of Candidate Qualification form for the office sought. This form may be filed any time after January 1 of the election year and before the filing deadline of the election. It must be filed before a candidate can purchase a registered voter’s list.
  3. Complete the necessary Campaign Finance documents and review the laws and policies for Campaign Committees.
  4. Complete the appropriate Statement of Economic Interest form, if required.  The form will vary based on the office sought.  Candidates for General Assembly may download the form here and all other candidates required to complete this form may obtain this form from the Secretary of Commonwealth's website.
  5. Complete the Declaration of Candidacy form and Petition of Qualified Voter form ( petition is not required if candidate is participating in non-primary party nomination process ). These forms must be filed together on or before the filing deadline for the election.
  6. Submit all qualifying forms by deadline specified in the Candidate Bulletin.


Candidate Information, Forms and Reports may also be obtained by contacting:

Virginia Department of Elections
1100 Bank Street, 1st Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: 804-864-8901
Toll-free in Virginia: 800-552-9745
Fax: 804-371-0194


 Prince William County residents needing forms and/or assistance may contact:

PWC Office of Elections
9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1
Manassas, VA 20110-5554
Phone: 703-792-6470
Fax: 703-792-6461

Or contact Rizwana Ahmad via email at

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Political Signs
Prince William County candidates who wish to post political signs must comply with local ordinances (both Prince William County and incorporated town); the Code of Virginia, Title 24.2, Chapter 9.5; and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) regulations.

Prince William County reminds everyone of the importance of calling 811 before digging. Virginia state law requires anyone who digs to notify Virginia 811 before starting. Digging can be dangerous and costly without knowing where underground facilities are located. By calling Virginia 811, you contact all member utilities with one call. More information is online at

The Electoral Board has no authority to regulate political signs. Any questions or complaints related to posting of campaign signs in a road or street right-of-way should be directed to VDOT at 703-737-2000 or the individual town offices in Dumfries, Haymarket, Quantico and Occoquan.
Click this link to view the Office of Planning’s guidance on posting temporary political and campaign signs on private property.  For information on Property Code Enforcement, please refer to the PWC Zoning Ordnance or call 703-792-7018.
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Sample Ballots
On sample ballots, any official authority statement of a local electoral board or the State Board of Elections must be deleted, and replaced with the publishing candidate's or group's authority statement (or disclaimer). For federal offices, the authorization notice required by federal law must be used. For all other offices, the required identification on campaign material is specified in the Code of Virginia.

For details, see the State Board of Elections website under Laws and Policies and look for the summary of campaign finance laws for a candidate or for your type of group / committee. Samples of any ballot (or part of a ballot) cannot be printed on white or yellow paper and must contain the words "SAMPLE BALLOT" in type no smaller than 24 point.
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Party Candidates
Prince William County residents who are seeking to be a nominee of either the Democratic or Republican Party should contact the local committee for party regulations and activities.
The Prince William County Democratic Headquarters
   Glendale Plaza Shopping Center
   4326 Dale Blvd., Suite 6; Woodbridge, VA 22193-2403
   Phone: 703-730-1409
   Chairman: Harry Wiggins- e-mail:  
The Prince William County Republican Headquarters
   4431 Prince William Parkway; Woodbridge, VA 22192
   Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1955;  Manassas, VA 20108-0806
   Phone: 703-680-7388
   Chairman: William A. Card - 703-628-4874; e-mail:
Independent Candidates
Individuals who wish to run as independent candidates may participate in all elections except primaries. The filing deadline for independent candidates for offices elected in November is 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday in June.
Candidates for School Board and the Soil and Water Conservation District run as independents and, therefore, are not nominated by primary elections.

Filing Fees

If a political party has adopted a primary election for a particular contest/district, candidates must pay a filing fee that is 2% of the minimum annual salary for the office sought in effect for the year in which the candidate files. The filing fee is paid to the Director of Finance for Prince William County.

Candidates who are nominated by a political party, by a method other than a primary election, such as a convention, caucus or canvass (sometimes called a "firehouse primary"), may also be required to pay a filing fee. This fee is determined by the rules of the political party and paid to the appropriate party or district committee. Candidates should contact the political party chairman for further information. 


Office Number of signatures by certified voters        
State Senate 250
House of Delegates 125
Board of Supervisors 125
School Board 125
Soil and Water Commission 25
Clerk of Court 125
Sheriff 125
Commonwealth's Attorney 125

For further information and forms, go to the Virginia Department of Elections Website

2015 Primary Election Filing Fees for Prince William County Candidates

The filing fee is 2% of the minimum annual salary for the office sought in effect for the year in which the candidate files. (Code of Virginia, §24.2-523)


2015 Primary Election Filing Fees for Prince William County Candidates
Office Sought Base Salary Filing Fee
Virginia Senate
House of Delegates
Clerk of Court $154,826.88 $3096.54
Commonwealth's Attorney
Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors ​$49,452.00​$989.04
Member, Board of County Supervisors


The Constitutional Officers (Commonwealth's Attorney and Sheriff) are shared with the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. Candidates pay filing fees to the Treasurer or Finance Director in the jurisdiction where they reside (Prince William Count, Manassas City of Manassas Park City). (§ 24.2-524)

Candidates for School Board and Soil and Water Conservation Directors run as independents and, therefore, are not nominated by primary elections.

The Clerk of Court serves an 8 year term, and is on the ballot every 8 years.

Candidates who are nominated by a political party by a method other than a primary election may be required to pay a filing fee. This fee is determined by the rules of the political party. Candidates should contact the political party chairman for further information.



Important Candidate Forms

Certificate of Candidate Qualification
Declaration of Candidacy
Statement of Organization 
Campaign Finance Disclosure


Purchasing Voter Information 
The Virginia Department of Elections (ELECT) provides, at a reasonable cost to qualified persons or entities, several different lists of those who voted and registered voters.  Click here for more details or contact by phone at (804) 864-8901 or by e-mail



Contact Us
Office of Elections
9250 Lee Avenue, Suite 1
Manassas, VA  20110-5554
Administrative Manager of Elections: 
Phone:  703-792-6470
Fax:  703-792-6461




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