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Want to run for office? Here's how to qualify

Posted at 2:41 PM, Jan 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-24 15:41:11-05

Qualifying for the March 26 Municipal Primary election will be held from Wednesday, January 26 through Friday, January 28.

All candidates for local municipal races must qualify with their parish clerk of court. Candidates may qualify for office by paying a qualifying fee or by filing a nominating petition, and are encouraged to check with their local clerk of court for specific parish hours. More information, including contact information for parish clerk of court offices [], can be found by visiting and selecting the Election Qualifying link.

All judicial candidates qualifying for Court of Appeal, 2nd Circuit, 3rd District, Election Section 2C and Court of Appeal, 3rd Circuit, 3rd District, Election Section 1C will qualify at the Secretary of State’s office located at 8585 Archives Avenue in Baton Rouge. Hours of operation for the Secretary of State’s office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Once qualified, candidates will appear on the Secretary of State’s website in real-time on the home page at [].

Pursuant to Act 312 of the 2020 Regular Session, qualifying candidates will be required to present a valid Louisiana driver’s license or Louisiana identification card. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, candidates are encouraged to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. For more information on qualifying, visit the Secretary of State’s website at [] or call (225)922-0900.