MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- The deadline is five o’clock Monday for candidates to turn in nomination papers to the Government Accountability Board.
Spokesman Reid Magney says the Government Accountability Board staff is now very busy going over the nomination papers they have already received. He says there are things they have to watch for. “We have to make sure that they’re filled out properly, that they state the name of the candidate, what office they’re running for, and then usually each page has about ten lines for it, and on each line, the person who is signing has to sign their name, but they also have to print their name, and that’s a new thing this year.”
The nomination papers are not the only thing candidates have to turn in this week. There is another filing document due this Thursday by four o’clock. “They have to file what’s known as a Statement of Economic Interests, and basically, that lists what their job is, what investments they have, where their spouse may work, things like that so people can know where they get their money.”
Magney says that Statement of Economic Interests document helps show if a candidate has any potential conflicts of interest or could potentially benefit from passing certain legislation.
As far as nomination papers, Magney says it is rare to have a candidate miss the deadline. If they do, they can still run for office as a write-in candidate.
Candidates for county races such as sheriff, clerk of circuit court and coroner file with the county clerk or the Milwaukee County Election Commission. Candidates for state and federal office – Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Representative in Congress (all districts), State Senator (odd-numbered districts), and Representatives to the Assembly (all districts) – file with the Government Accountability Board.