What are signatures in lieu, and when can I start gathering them?

“In lieu” in this case means to substitute at least some of the filing fee with signatures. If you are required to pay a filing fee, then you may offset the cost with a Petition In-Lieu of Filing Fee. 

You may start gathering signatures in lieu 173 days prior to the election. You may apply the signatures you gather toward your nomination, but you have to let our office know that is your intent before you start that process so that we can give you the proper forms. 

The number of required signatures for nomination, as well as the number of signatures in lieu required to offset filing fees, are provided in the Candidate Handbook published prior to each election. 

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1. When can I file for candidacy?
2. Where can I find the Candidate Handbook?
3. Can I file for more than one office?
4. How much are filing fees?
5. Are there any other fees that I should know about?
6. What are signatures in lieu, and when can I start gathering them?
7. How many nomination signatures do I need?
8. What nomination documents do I file and when?
9. Is the nomination period ever extended?
10. Can documents be issued to someone other than me?
11. I’ve been convicted of a felony. Do I qualify to run?
12. Can I withdraw my candidacy?
13. How do I prepare a candidate statement?
14. How can my name appear on the ballot?
15. Are there any restrictions for ballot designations?
16. What if there is an insufficient number of candidates?
17. The campaign finance rules and reporting schedules are a little overwhelming. Who can help me?
18. Can you help me complete my required campaign disclosures?
19. Can I file my required campaign disclosures on paper?
20. I want to communicate to as many potential voters as possible. What do I need to know?