Candidate Information

Qualifications & Requirements

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 a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election
  • Be qualified to vote for and hold the office sought

Informational Bulletin & Forms

The Department 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 they will need to run for office.

You may download the information through the links provided below or contact the Department of Elections to request that a candidate informational bulletin and candidate forms be mailed to you for a $10 charge. Please send your check payable to the Department of Elections to:

The Department of Elections
ATTN: Election Services Division
1100 Bank Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Note: Include with your payment the office and, if applicable, the district in which you are seeking election. Once the check is received, the packet will be sent to you through first class mail. Candidate packets for future elections can not be requested until after January 1 of the year in which the election is held.

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