Petitions

County Clerk Elections-Petition Info Primary/General
Candidates Instructions for Primary Petitions – Partisan:

A candidate must be a registered voter and resident of the jurisdiction where seeking office for at least one year immediately prior to the date upon which the election for office is to be held (NJSA 40A:9-1.13).

Before circulating any petition for signatures complete the following:

Insert the name of the “Party” on the first page

Insert Municipality, Ward and/or District on Municipal and County Committee petitions

Complete the “Candidates” section on the first page

Print the slogan that will be used in the “Candidates Request for Designation on the Official Primary Ballot” section, Complete the “Committee on Vacancies” section for County Office petitions (if applicable)

Have the candidate sign the “Certificate of Acceptance”

Obtain the Number of Duly Qualified Signatures required for the Primary Election petitions.

Refer to other qualifications at this link Qualifications for Partisan Candidates in the Primary Election.

The “Signatures of Petitioners” section is where duly qualified voters will sign the petition.  A duly qualified voter is a voter who is eligible to vote for the candidate or candidates on the petition.  In the voter’s own handwriting he/she must:

1. Sign and print his/her name

2. Print his/her full residence address

3. Print his/her mailing address if different than residence address

4. Not sign a petition or petitions for more candidates than there are seats to be filled for an office.

The candidate or voter who circulates a petition (the deponent) must sign the petition as one of the duly qualified voters and when finished circulating the petition he/she must make the “Affidavit” before an officer authorized by law to take affidavits.

The candidate must take the “Oath of Allegiance” before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. This may be done before a Notary Public, Attorney of New Jersey, the County Clerk or Municipal Clerk.

Petitions for the Primary Election must be filed no later than 4:00 p.m. on the 64th day prior to the election.

Primary Petition Forms

Nomination by Petition for Primary Election for County Office

This petition form may be used by qualified candidates of either the Republican or Democratic Parties seeking nomination for county office. This petition must be filed at the County Clerk’s office no later than 4:00 p.m. April 1, 2013 for the 2013 Primary Election.  Petition requires a minimum of 100 qualified voter signatures. Call the County Clerk’s Office at 609-465-1013 for more information.

Primary Petition Nominating Candidate(s) for Municipal Office(s)

This petition form may be used by qualified candidates of either the Republican or Democratic Parties seeking nomination for municipal office in municipalities with partisan elections. Municipalities that hold Primary
Elections are Dennis Township, Lower Township, Middle Township, North Wildwood, Stone Harbor, Upper Township and Woodbine.

This petition must be filed at the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 4:00 p.m. April 1, 2013 for the 2013 Primary Election.  The maximum number of signatures for municipalities with a population over
14,000 is 50 signatures, for municipalities with a population of 14,000 or less 25 signatures and the minimum number of the signatures required varies by municipality. Contact your Municipal Clerk or the County Clerk’s Office at 465-1013 for more information.

Petition for Member of County Committee – Primary Election

This petition form may be used by qualified candidates of either the Republican or Democratic Parties.  Republican County Committee Members are eligible to be elected to each district in a municipality every four years; Democratic candidates are eligible for election every two years.  The next election for Democratic County Committee members will be the 2014 Primary Election; Republican County Committee members will be eligible for election in 2016.  This petition must be filed at the Municipal Clerk’s office no later than 4:00 p.m. April 1, 2012 for the 2014 Primary Election.  The maximum number of signatures required is 10 and the minimum number of signatures varies by the district in each municipality. Contact your Municipal Clerk or the County Clerk’s Office at 465-1013 for more information.

Petition for Member of State Committee – Primary Election

This petition form may be used by qualified candidates of either the Republican or Democratic Parties seeking nomination as Member of State Committee held during the Gubernatorial Primary Election. This petition must be filed at the County Clerk’s office no later than 4:00 p.m. the 64th day prior to the 2013 Primary Election.  Petition requires a minimum of 100 qualified voter signatures. Call the County Clerk’s Office at  609-465-1013 for more information.

Instructions for Independent (Direct Nomination) Petitions – General Election:

A candidate must be a registered voter and resident of the jurisdiction where seeking office for at least one year immediately prior to the date upon which the election for office is to be held (NJSA 40A:9-1.13).

Before circulating any petition for signatures complete the following:

Complete the “Candidates” section on the first page

Print the slogan that will be used in the “Candidates Request for Designation on the Official General Ballot” section

Have the candidate sign the “Certificate of Acceptance” and Obtain the Number of Duly Qualified Signatures Required for the General Election Petition.

Refer to other qualifications at this link Qualifications for Independent Candidates in the General Election.

The “Signatures of Petitioners” section is where duly qualified voters will sign the petition.  A duly qualified voter is a voter that is eligible to vote for the candidate or candidates on the petition.  In the voter’s own handwriting he/she must:

1. Sign and printhis/her name

2. Print his/her full residence address

3. Print his/her mailing address if different than residence address

4. Not sign a petition for more candidates than there are seats to be filled for an office.

The candidate or voter who circulates a petition must sign the petition as one of the duly qualified voters and when finished circulating the petition he/she must make the “Affidavit” before an officer authorized by law to take affidavits.

The candidate must take the “Oath of Allegiance” before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. This may be done before a Notary Public, Attorney of New Jersey, the County Clerk or Municipal Clerk.

Petitions for the General Election must be filed no later than 4:00 p.m. on the day of the Primary Election.

Independent (Direct Nomination) Petition Form

Nomination by Petition for General Election – Independent Petition

This petition form may be used by qualified independent candidates seeking nomination for county office or municipal office in municipalities with partisan elections. Municipalities that hold General Elections for municipal offices are Dennis Township, Lower Township, Middle Township, North Wildwood, Stone Harbor, Upper Township and Woodbine.  This petition must be filed no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 4, 2013 at the County Clerk’s Office for the 2013 General Election. The minimum number of signatures required for County Office is 100 and the minimum number of signatures required varies by municipality for municipal office.  Contact the County Clerk’s Office at 465-1013 for more information.

State Offices:

Candidates for State Office must obtain forms and file petitions with the New Jersey Division of Elections.

Non-Partisan Offices:

Candidates for Non-Partisan Municipal Office must obtain forms and information from their Municipal Clerk.  The following municipalities are non-partisan: Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Point, Ocean City, Sea Isle City, West CapeMayWest Wildwood, Wildwood and Wildwood Crest.

For further information contact:

Cape May County Clerk’s Office
7 N. Main Street DN 109
PO Box 5000
Cape May Court House NJ  08210-5000
Rita Marie Fulginiti, County Clerk
coclerk@co.cape-may.nj.us