Endorsements


Endorsing is the process whereby party officials designate a person to be the candidate representing their party in a primary, and if no primary, in the general election. If you are the endorsed candidate for a public office such as senator in General Assembly or town council, you will be issued nomination papers and you must submit the required number of valid signatures in order to qualify to be on the ballot. If you qualify for the ballot, an asterisk * will appear next to the name on the ballot to indicate the endorsed candidate.

The chart below should help:

For the office of: Endorsement by: Endorsements are filed at: Required signatures Deadline to be filed
Senator in Congress,
Representative in Congress
State Committee Department of State’s Elections Division See RIGL 17-12-4 Not Later than June 29th
Governor
Lt. Governor
Secretary of State
General Treasurer
Attorney General
State Committee Department of State’s Elections Division See RIGL 17-12-4 Not Later than June 29th
Senator in General Assembly* Senatorial District Committee Local Board of Canvassers where endorsed candidate resides A majority of the members of the committee Not later than June 28th
Senatorial District Committee* Senatorial District Committee Local Board of Canvassers where endorsed Senate candidate resides A majority of the members of the committee Not later than June 28th
Representative in General Assembly* Representative District Committee Local Board of Canvassers where endorsed candidate resides A majority of the members of the committee Not later than June 28th
Representative District Committee* Representative District Committee Local Board of Canvassers where endorsed Representative candidate resides A majority of the members of the committee Not later than June 28th
Democratic State Committee* Representative District Committee Local Board of Canvassers where endorsed Representative candidate resides A majority of the members of the committee Not later than June 28th
Local Offices City/Town/Ward Committee City/Town/Ward Committee Local Board of Canvassers Three officers of the committee Not later than June 28th

* For Providence only:
Endorsements of candidates for senator in General Assembly, representative in General Assembly, senatorial or representative district committee, and Democratic State Committee in the City of Providence must be filed at the Department of State’s Elections Division, 148 W. River Street, Providence, RI