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Federal Candidates

Getting on the Ballot -- United States Senator and Representative in Congress

Candidates for the federal offices of United States Senator and Representative in Congress must file ballot access documents with the Government Accountability Board.

United States Senator is elected in the Fall General Election and serves a six-year term starting at noon on the third day of January. Candidates must be 30 years of age, a citizen of the United States for nine years, and an inhabitant of the state at the time of the election.

Representative in Congress is elected in the Fall General Election and serves a two-year term starting at noon on the third day of January. Candidates must be 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States for seven years, and an inhabitant of the state at time of election.  Wisconsin has eight Representatives in Congress. Click here for a map of their districts.

Candidates for both offices must file GAB-162 Declaration of Candidacy, and GAB-168 Nomination Paper for Partisan Office.

Please consult the GABIS-14 Ballot Access Checklist [revised for 2014].

The requirements for someone that wishes to hold an office are located here.

Getting on the Ballot -- President of the United States

The names of candidates for President and Vice President are placed on the General Election ballot in Wisconsin by one of the following methods:

Political organizations that have attained ballot status are currently the Republican, Democratic, and Constitution parties.  The names of candidates for President and Vice President for these parties are placed on the General Election ballot when their names are certified to the Government Accountability Board by the state or national party chairperson.

Political organizations that have not attained ballot status may file a Petition for Ballot Status with the Government Accountability Board.

Independent Candidates for President and Vice President circulate and file nomination papers.  Please consult the GABIS-15 checklist

For deadlines and detailed information about procedures for getting on the General Election ballot as a candidate for President of the United States, as well as information with respect to the Presidential Preference Primary, please consult the memo: Wisconsin Ballot Access Requirements for President and Vice President of the United States.

Reporting Campaign Finance Information

Candidates for federal office must register and file reports of campaign activities with the Federal Election Commission.

Information about how to register with the FEC.

Information about Federal filing deadlines.

Campaign finance reports for Wisconsin candidates for U.S. Senate and Representative.

IRS Requirements

Federal candidate committees may be required to file with the IRS. Click here for guidance.