Information for Candidates

Candidate for Federal or State Office

To appear on the ballot for one of the following offices, your petition is filed with the New Jersey Secretary of State’s Division of Elections:

  • President
  • Presidential Delegates
  • Presidential Electors
  • US Senator
  • Member of US House of Representatives
  • Governor
  • NJ State Senator
  • Member of the NJ General Assembly

For more information, please contact the NJ Division of Elections.

Candidate for County Office

To appear on the ballot for one of the following offices, your petition is filed with the Camden County Clerk’s Office:

  • Sheriff
  • County Clerk
  • Surrogate
  • Member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders
  • Member of State Committee (Partisan Primary only)

To run as a partisan candidate (Democrat or Republican) in the June Primary Election:

  • Your petition must be filed with the County Clerk’s Office before 4:00 p.m. on or before the 64th day prior to Primary Election.
  • Nomination Petitions are available at the County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours.  Instructions and number of signature required are included with the petitions.

To run as an independent candidate in the November General Election:

  • Your petition must be filed with the County Clerk’s Office before 4:00 p.m. on or before Primary Election Day
  • Nomination Petitions are available at the County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours.  Instructions and number of signature required are included with the petitions.

Candidate for Local Municipal Office

To appear on the ballot for one of the following offices*, your petition is filed with the Municipal Clerk or Camden County Clerk (see details below):

  • Mayor
  • Member of Council
  • Member of Township Committee
  • Commissioner
  • Member of County Committee (Partisan Primary only)

*Please note that depending on the form of local government, not every office exists in each municipality

To run as a non-partisan candidate in the May Municipal Election:

  • Your petition must be filed with the Municipal Clerk on or before the 64th day prior to the Election.
  • Please contact the Municipal Clerk of nomination petitions.

To run as a partisan candidate (Democrat or Republican) in the June Primary Election:

  • Your petition must be filed with the Municipal Clerk before 4:00 p.m. on or before the 64th day prior to Primary Election.
  • Please contact the Municipal Clerk of nomination petitions.

To run as an independent candidate in the November General Election:

  • Your petition must be filed with the County Clerk’s Office before 4:00 p.m. on or before Primary Election Day
  • Nomination Petitions are available at the County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours.  Instructions and number of signature required are included with the petitions.

Candidate for School Board

Pursuant to P.L. 2011, c.202, any Board of Election’s Annual School Election could be moved to coincide with the November General Election by resolution of the board of education, resolution of governing body of the municipality or referendum of the voters.  Currently all Board of Educations in Camden County have opted to change the date of the election from April to November.

To run as a candidate for the Board of Education in the November General Election:

  • Your petition must be filed with the County Clerk’s Office before 4:00 p.m. on or before the last Monday of July proceeding the November School Election.
  • Nomination Petitions are available at the County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours or can be downloaded below.

Nomination Petition for November School Board Candidates

Please note that County Clerk’s Office’s Election Division has moved from the Courthouse in Camden City to the Elections and Archive Center in Blackwood.    

Additional candidate information is available from the New Jersey School Board Association.

Candidate for Board of Fire District Commissioner

The following municipalities have Boards of Fire District Commissioners, whose elections are held each February:

  • Berlin Township
  • Cherry Hill
  • Gloucester Township
  • Haddon Township
  • Lindenwold
  • Pine Hill
  • Voorhees
  • Winslow

To appear on the ballot for the office of Fire District Commissioner, your petition is filed with the Secretary of the Board of Fire District Commissioners.