Filing for Office
The Sarpy County Election Commission assists voters interested in running for office by helping them fill out the proper filing documents; however, the filing is not official until the paperwork reaches the proper filing office before the filing deadlines have passed.
A candidate may file to run for any office that is up for election as long as they meet all of the requirements for that office. There may also be a filing fee associated with running for that office.
Incumbent: January 5, 2024 to February 15, 2024
Non-Incumbent: January 5, 2024 to March 1, 2024
ESU Filing Period
Incumbent: January 5, 2024 to July 15, 2024
Non-Incumbent: January 5, 2024 to August 1, 2024
*Pursuant to Nebraska State Statute 32-111, an incumbent is defined as a "person whom the canvassers or the courts declare elected to an elective office or who has been appointed to an elective office." Please note that the incumbent deadline applies also to a candidate who files for an office other than the current elected office held.
(County-level offices) Must be signed in presence of Election Office Official OR notarized. Pay filing fee by check or exact cash.
County offices require NADC Form C-1 to be filed with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission and there are no outstanding fees due to the NADC.
(City-level and Sarpy majority School Board offices) Must be signed in presence of Election Office Official OR notarized. City-level filings require payment of candidate filing fee directly to the City. Candidate will submit the city receipt to the Election Office at time of filing.
An incumbent is a person who currently holds any elective office, whether by appointment or election. A candidate is considered an incumbent even if they are filing for a different elective office than the one that they currently hold.
A non-incumbent is a person who currently holds no elective office.
A partisan candidate is a candidate running for a partisan office. A partisan office is a political office where candidates are listed by party affiliation, and voters may only vote for candidates of their same political party during a partisan primary.
A nonpartisan candidate is a candidate running for a nonpartisan office. A nonpartisan office is a political office where candidates are not listed by party affiliation, and all voters, regardless of political affiliation, may vote for any candidate for that office.
- A write-in candidate must file a notarized affidavit and pay a filing fee (if required) with the Election Commissioner or Secretary of State no later than 10 days prior to the election.
- A write-in candidate's name is not printed on the ballot. Voters may vote for an official write-in candidate by writing the candidate's name on a write-in line and filling in the oval that corresponds with the political office that the candidate is seeking.
- A candidate who was defeated in the primary election as a regular candidate or as a write-in candidate may not file as a write-in candidate for the general election for that same office unless a vacancy exists.
Filing requirements differ for each elective office; however, all offices have similar filing elements:
- Candidates must meet all qualifications for the office prescribed by law.
- Candidates must complete a Candidate Filing Form.
- Candidates may need to complete a Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission (NADC) C-1 Form.
- Candidates may need to pay a filing fee.
County and Local Offices
The Sarpy County Election Commission is the official filing location.
State and Federal Offices
The Secretary of State's office is the official filing location. The Election Commission will assist candidates in filling out the paperwork for these offices, but it is the candidate's responsibility to ensure the filing reaches the Secretary of State before the filing deadlines have passed.