From federal offices to state and local offices, the choices our elected officials make impact our lives on a daily basis. Consider being a candidate for office in 2018.
2018 Filing Deadlines for Candidates
|Description of event||Deadline||Forms|
|Deadline for candidates to disaffiliate from their political party to run as a candidate from another party||March 27, 28, 29||vote.ri.gov|
|Period to file a Declaration of Candidacy form||June 25, 26, 27|
|Deadline for party committees to file endorsement form||June 28|
Any candidate for public office, political action committee or political party committee must adhere to Rhode Island’s campaign finance laws (R.I.G.L. 17-25). The State Board of Elections' Campaign Finance Department oversees all campaign finance matters in Rhode Island.
All candidates for elective office must file a Financial Disclosure Statement with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission, covering the prior calendar year, within thirty (30) days of filing a declaration of candidacy (R.I.G.L.36-14-16(c)). This filing can be made online through the Ethics Commission’s website. Failure to timely file this form may result in the imposition of a substantial monetary fine. For information on financial disclosure, or to obtain a PIN # for online filing, simply call the Ethics Commission at (401) 222-3790.