On this page, both new and returning candidates can find important election information and filing deadlnes as well as utilize the Clerk's Candidate Statement Tool.
Candidates can also find links to the official 2020 Candidate's Guide and Election and Campaign Finanace Calendar (coming soon).
Important Dates and Signature Requirements Handout
for the March 17, 2020 Presidential Primary Election
Candidate Filing Dates & Deadlines
Tuesday, September 3: First day to circulate petitions for established political party candidates
Monday, November 25 – Monday, December 2: Petition filing period for established political party candidates
Monday, December 9: Last day for filing objections to nomination papers of candidates who filed during the November 25 – December 2 filing period
- Last day to withdraw for candidates who filed for incompatible offices
Wednesday, December 11: Last day to conduct lottery for ballot placement
Thursday, January 9: Last day to file withdrawal papers with the State Board of Elections
Wednesday, January 15: Last day to file withdrawal papers with the County Clerk
Thursday, January 16: Last day to file a notarized declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate (5:00 PM)
The Cook County Clerk’s Office invites all candidates in suburban Cook County to submit a statement to be included in our online Voter Information guide. This is a free opportunity to tell voters – in your own words – about your background and positions.