Declaring Candidacy for Elected Office
Candidates for local offices "qualify" with the clerk of court for local elections, meaning they file a Notice of Candidacy and submit the appropriate fee (see link to schedule below) or Nominating Petition pursuant to the regulations outlined in La. R.S. 18:463. The clerk of court utilizes the secretary of state's Elections and Registration Information Network (ERIN) software to register the candidacy. Individuals declaring candidacy for regional or statewide offices file with the Louisiana Secretary of State in Baton Rouge.
Under Louisiana law, an individual filing a Notice of Candidacy is presumed to be qualified until disqualified by the appropriate court of law when duly challenged. An individual filing a Notice of Candidacy should carefully read the form to ensure that he/she may attest to all requirements and statements. Candidates also must present photo ID at the time they submit their Notice of Candidacy.
Neither the clerk of court nor the secretary of state attest to or confirm a candidate's qualifications, and neither official may reject a Notice of Candidacy based on candidate qualifications. The qualifying period lasts 3 days generally 6-8 weeks prior to an election. To object to, or otherwise challenge, an individual's candidacy, a qualified voter must file suit in the appropriate court (La. R.S. 18:1401).
Qualifying by Agent Affidavit:
When an agent files a notice of candidacy on behalf of a candidate, the candidate shall file with the qualifying official Agent Affidavit form attesting that the agent has the authorization and consent of the candidate to file the notice.