Information for Candidates

To become an official candidate on the ballot, you must be a registered voter in your district, meet the qualifications of the office and formally declare your candidacy with our office by completing one of the forms below. For more information, visit the Secretary of State’s frequently asked questions page for candidates.

Our office has notary services available for filings.

Key Dates

  • Filing Period: August 23 - September 3, 2021
    Candidate filing period for Boise City Council District Seats 1, 3, and 5 is open from 8:00 a.m. on Monday, August 23 through 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021.

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  • Write-in Candidate Deadline: September 10, 2021
  • Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: September 17, 2021
  • Election Day: November 2, 2021

Election Calendar

Download the 2021 General City Election Calendar with important dates to know for candidates.

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Candidate Forms

City Candidate Filing Packet

All candidates are required to file for candidacy with the Boise City Clerk. Declaration of Candidacy and Petitions for Candidacy must be reviewed and certified by Ada County prior to being filed with the Boise City Clerk’s Office.

Write In Candidate Filing Form

To be considered as a viable write-in candidate, this form must be filled out completely and filed with the Boise City Clerk.

Candidate Withdrawal

To withdraw candidacy for office, this form must be completed, signed and submitted to the Boise City Clerk prior to election day.


Campaign Finance Reporting

Every campaign is required to assign a treasurer in charge of managing incoming campaign funds on behalf of the candidate and during election cycles, candidates are required to disclosure certain financial information about their campaign as part of Idaho’s Sunshine Law. 

Pursuant to Section 67-6603, Idaho Code, no contribution shall be received or any expenditure made by or on behalf of a candidate until they appoint a political treasurer. A candidate may appoint himself his own political treasurer.

Starting in 2020, all candidates are required to file their campaign finance reports online through the Idaho Secretary of State’s website.

Past financial disclosure reports for City of Boise elections are available here.

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