Deadlines, key dates to get on 2018 ballot

HOUGHTON — For those looking to get themselves or proposals on the 2018 ballot, the filing deadlines are key.

In Michigan, the state primary is Aug. 7, with voter registration deadline on July 9. The general election is set for Nov. 6. Voters must be registered by Oct 9.

However, what is on the ballots is being finalized throughout the year, and now is the time to start considering that run or proposal.

Each category has a different deadline, and those deadlines differ between judicial incumbents and candidates.

According to the state of Michigan’s summary calendar for candidate and proposal deadlines, petitions to place county and local questions on the August primary ballot must be filed with county and local clerks by May 1. The proposal wording is due by May 15.

For the November election, the filing deadline is July 31 with wording due to the county and local clerks by Aug. 14.

For candidates, judge filing deadlines are first, with March 26 at 5 p.m. set for appeals, circuit, district and probate court incumbent judges. Non-incumbent judge candidates must file the necessary paperwork by 4 p.m. on April 24.

For most candidates, though some local offices differ, deadlines are April 24 for the August primary.

For candidates with no party affiliation, July 19 is the filing deadline for the November election, when nominating petitions and affidavit of identity are due.

Local school board and community college trustee candidates must file by July 24 for the November election.

Village candidates must file by July 24 at 4 p.m. for the November general election.

More deadlines and details of filing requirements are available at

The deadlines vary, and since many nominations and proposals require signatures, or in some cases a filing fee, planning ahead can be crucial