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1988 

CANDIDATE 

INFORMATION 

GUIDE 




STATE DOCUMENTS CCLLFCTlOri 



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Prepared by: 

jim Waltermire 
Secretary of State 
Montana State Capitol 
Helena, MT 59620 



DECLARATION FOR NOMINATION 

Parlisan nnd non|wr1is<in candirlales lor iiomindlion 
in the 19K8 primary must fik- .1 decl.ir.ilion ior nomina- 
tion. Candirlates for congressional, slate and district of- 
fices, including legislative, file with the Secretary of 
State. Candidates for a county, precinct or district of- 
fice, other than legislative or judge of district court, to 
be voted for in only one county, file with their County 
Election Administrator. 

Along with filing a declaration for nominatifin, can- 
didates must pay the required filing fee. Forms for the 
respective offices and the amount of the filing fee can 
be obtained from the Secretary of Slate or County 
Election Administrator. 

FILING DATES 

Candidates can file for their respective offices be- 
tween Monday, January 25, 1988 and .5;(X) p.m. on 
Thursday, March 24, 1988. Forms received after that 
5:00 p.m. deadline won't be accepted for filing, even if 
they bear a postmark dated before the deadline. 

NOTICE TO CANDIDATES 

It's very important that all legislative candidates 
check to see that they are registered at the proper ad- 
dress and they know the number of the FHouse and 
Senate district they wish to file for. 

INDEPENDENT CANDIDATES 

independent candidates will appear only on the 
general election ballot. Such candidates must file peti- 
tions for nomination accompanied by appropriate fil- 
ing fee and an oath of candidacy. 

Contact the County Election Administrator or Sec- 
retary of State for specific laws in regard to the petition 
and filing deadlines. 

WRITE-IN NOMINATIONS 

Individuals nominated by having their names writ- 
ten in on the primary ballot, and who desire to accept 
the nomination, may not have their names printed on 
the general election ballot unless they: 

(1 ) received at least 5"/ii of the total votes cast for the 
successful candidate for the same office in the last gen- 
eral election; 

(2) file with appropriate official a written declaration 
indicating their acceptance of the nomination no later 
than 1 days after the official canvass; 

(3) pay the required filing fee; and 

(4) tile reports of contributions and expenditures 
with the Commissioner of Political Practices and 
County Election Administrator as required. 



Representative Districts ~" '-■*'f?A^R'y 

100 to be elected — one from each district. 
Term: 2 years 

Qualifications: Same as Senator. 
COUNTIES 

Offices may vary according to official plan of govern- 
ment in each county and particular vacancy situations. 
The Terms and Qualifications vary. See your County 
Election Administrator for details. 



1988 CANDIDATE CALENDAR 

lanuary 25: First day for filing Declarations lor Nomi- 
nation by candidates for the 1 988 Primary 
Nominating Election. 

Candidates must file certification of cam- 
paign treasurer with Commissioner of Po- 
litical Practices and County Election Ad- 
ministrator within 5 days after filing. 

March 10: Statewide candidate campaign report 
due to Commissioner of Political Prac- 
tices. 

March 1 7: Last day to file petitions for nomination by 
independent and minor party candidates 
with the County Election Administrator 
for verification and certification. 
Last day to file petitions to allow minor 
party to nominate candidates by primary 
election with the election administrator 
for verification and certification. 

March 24: Last day to file Declarations for Nomina- 
tion for state, district, county and precinct 
offices. 

Last day for filing Petition for Nomination 
by independent and minor party candi- 
dates for General Election Ballot. 
Last day for candidate to withdraw from 
the election. Musi file notarized state- 
ment of withdrawal with the olfice where 
he filed his Declaration for Nomination. 

May 9: Close of Registration for primary election. 

May 23: Statewide candidate campaign report 
due to Commissioner of Political Prac- 
tices. 

May 27: State district candidate campaign report 
due to Commissioner of Political Prac- 
tices. 

)une 2: Statewide candidate campaign report 
due to Commissioner of Polili< al Pra< - 
lices. 



CAMPAIGN FINANCE REPORT 

Wilhin S (lays .itler filing, .1 t.iiuliflatt' must file cerli- 
rication of a campaign Ireasurer wilh the Commis- 
sioner ot Political Practices and appropriate County 
Election Administrator. 

Information and forms for filing reports can be re- 
ceived by contacting Dcjiores Colburg, Commissioner 
of Political Practices, Capitol Post Office, Helena, MT 
59620. Copies of the campaign finances and practices 
laws will be furnished to candidates by the Commis- 
sioner or the Secretary of State. 

CANVASS OF VOTES — PRIMARY 

After the election and county canvass, all votes for 
state and district candidates will be canvassed by the 
Secretary of State, in the presence of the Attorney 
Gfeneral, State Auditor and the Superintendent of Pub- 
lic Instruction. The Secretary of State will then issue a 
certificate of nomination to the successful nominees. 

All votes for county candidates will be canvassed by 
the County Election Administrator and County Com- 
missioners. The results for the respective offices are 
certified to the County Election Administrator who 
then will issue a certificate of nomination to the suc- 
cessful nominees. 

The names of the nominees, independent and mi- 
nor party candidates are then printed on the ballot for 
the general election. 

CANVASS OF VOTES — GENERAL 

The same procedure is followed as after the pri- 
mary. The Governor or County Election Administrator 
will then issue commissions of election to the success- 
ful candidates. Any individuals elected by write-in 
must comply with (2) & (4) of "Write-in Nominations" 
outlined above. 



QUALIFICATIONS FOR OFFICES TO 
BE FILLED IN THE 1988 ELECTION 
UNITED STATES SENATOR 

Term: 6 years 

Qualifications: 30 years old, a U.S. Citizen tor 9 years, 

and a resident of Montana when elected. 

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 

First and Second Districts 

Term: 2 years 

Qualifications: 25 years old, a U.S. Citizen for 7 years, 

and a resident of Montana when elected. 



GOVERNOR 
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 

Term: 4 years (joint filing required) 
Qualifications: 25 years old, a U.S. Citizen and a resi- 
dent of Montana for 2 years. 

SECRETARY OF STATE 

Term: 4 years 

Qualifications: 25 years old, a U.S. Citizen and a resi- 
dent of Montana for 2 years. 

ATTORNEY GENERAL 

Term: 4 years 

Qualifications: Same as Secretary of State and engaged 
in the active practice of law thereof for at least 5 years 
before election. 

STATE AUDITOR 

Term: 4 years 

Qualifications: Same as Secretary of State. 

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER 

Districts 2, 4 and 5 

Term: 4 years 

Qualifications: 18 years old and a qualified elector of 

district. 

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION 

Term: 4 years 

Qualifications: Same as Secretary of State and holds at 
least a bachelor's degree from any unit of the univer- 
sity system or from an institution recognized as equiva- 
lent by the Board of Public Education for teacher certi- 
fication purposes. 

CLERK OF SUPREME COURT 

Term: 6 years 

Qualifications: 1 8 years old and a qualified elector. 

SUPREME COURT JUSTICE 

Seat Numbers 5 & 6 

Term: 8 years 

Qualifications: Resident of Montana for 2 years and 

admitted to practice of law in Montana for at least 5 

years prior to date of election. 

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE 

Term: 6 years 

Qualifications: Same as Supreme Court Justice. 

LEGISLATURE 
Senate Districts 

2, 4, 9, 10, 1 1, 13, 15, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 33, 
35, 36, 37, 40, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50. 
Term: 4 years 

Qualifications: 18 years old, 1 year resident of Mon- 
tana and 6 month resident of county or district. 



Representative Districts " ^'^RAKY 

100 to be elected - one from ea( h flislrlct. 
Term: 2 years 

Qualitications: Same as Senator. 
COUNTIES 

Offices may vary according to official plan of govern- 
ment in each county and particular vacancy situations. 
The Terms and Qualifications vary. See your County 
Election Administrator for details. 



1988 CANDIDATE CALENDAR 

lanuary 2S: ( irsi d.iy lor filing Detldrdlioni lix Nomi- 
nalion by candidates for the 1 988 Primary 
Nominating Election. 
Candidates must file certification of cam- 
paign treasurer with Commissioner of Pf) 
litital Practices and County Election Afl 
ministrator within S days after filing. 

March 10: Statewide candidate campaign report 
due to Commissioner of Political Prac- 
tices. 

March 1 7: Last day to file petitions for nomination by 
independent and minor party candidates 
with the County Llcclion Administrator 
for verification and certification. 
Last day to file petitions to allow minor 
party to nominate candidates by primary 
election with the election administralor 
for verification and certification. 

March 24: Last day to file Declarations for Nomina- 
tion for state, district, county and precinct 
offices. 

Last day for filing Petition for Nomination 
by independent and minor party candi- 
dates for General Election Ballot. 
Last day for canrlidatc to withriraw from 
the election. Musi fili> notarized state- 
ment of withdrawal with the office where 
he filed his Dec laralion for Nomination. 

May 9: Close of Registration for primary election. 

May 2 i: Statewide candidate campaign rejxjrt 
due to Commissioner of Political Prac- 
tices. 

May 27: State dislrici candidate cam|X)ign report 
due to Commissioner of Political Prac- 
tices. 

lune 2: Statewide canrlidale campaign re|M)rt 
due to Commissioner of Politic .il Prac- 
tices.