Deadline nears for candidates in Maryland to file declaration of intent

June 21, 2012

Candidates seeking to run in the Nov. 6 general election in Maryland outside of the major political parties have until June 29 to file a declaration of intent.

The Maryland State Board of Elections said candidates need a declaration of intent if they are seeking the nomination of a nonprincipal political party.

That applies to the Green and Libertarian parties, according to the State Board of Elections’ website.

The declaration of intent also is needed for candidates who are:

• Seeking the nomination of a nonrecognized political party by petition.
• Unaffiliated with a political party and intending to become a candidate by petition.

The deadline to file usually is July 1 at 5 p.m., but that’s a Sunday this year, so the deadline is June 29.


After filing a declaration of intent, candidates have until Aug. 6 to complete their filing with a certificate of candidacy, along with either a certification of nomination or a petition with signatures representing 1 percent of the registered voters in the jurisdiction of the elected office.

Anyone with questions may contact the state elections boad at 1-800-222-8683 or the Washington County Board of Elections at 240-313-2050.

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