Withdrawing Your Candidacy


If you file a Declaration of Candidacy and decide not to run, you must file a withdrawal of candidacy.

  • When and where do I file a withdrawal of candidacy?
    If you filed as a: File a withdrawal by: File a withdrawal with:
    Party or independent/unaffiliated candidate for local office Not later than July 17th Local Board of Canvassers where you filed your Declaration of Candidacy
    Party nominee or independent/unaffiliated candidate for federal or state office Not later than July 23rd Department of State’s Elections Division
  • Can I withdraw if I am the party’s nominee for the office that I am seeking?

    Yes. If you are the party’s nominee for the office that you are seeking (i.e. you are the candidate that will appear on the November ballot for your party) you can withdraw.

    Keep in mind that you have to withdraw by September 17th in order for the party to name another candidate to fill the vacancy.

  • How do I file a withdrawal of candidacy?

    A written signed statement indicating your withdrawal must be submitted by the above referenced deadlines with the appropriate office.