Nomination Petitions

A nomination petition is the method in which a registered democrat or republican get their name on a primary ballot. Petitions are typically available in our office approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the circulation period. (Third party candidates have a different process in which to have their name appear on the ballot. Please contact our office for further information, 717.240.6385.)

The Cumberland County Bureau of Elections will be accepting nomination petitions from candidates for the 2021 Municipal Primary for county, borough, township and school district offices. For a complete list of these offices, please click here .


The FIRST DAY for candidates to circulate and file petitions is FEBRUARY 16, 2021.
The LAST DAY for candidates to circulate and file petitions is MARCH 9, 2021.


Circulating a Nomination Petition?


To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, you are encouraged to follow these Best Practices for Circulating Petitions when collecting signatures.


​Online Petition Information


NEW for 2021 - Nomination petitions can be printed from our website. Please see below for complete details.

BEFORE USING THE NOMINATION PETITIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE, PLEASE NOTE: NOMINATION PETITIONS MUST BE PRINTED AS DUPLEX (TWO-SIDED, FRONT AND BACK, HEAD TO HEAD) ON PLAIN WHITE 8 1/2 x 11" (LETTER SIZE) PAPER. THIS REQUIREMENT CANNOT BE SATISFIED BY PRINTING EACH SIDE OF THE NOMINATION PETITION ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF 8 1/2 x 11" PAPER AND AFFIXING THE TWO SHEETS TOGETHER WITH A STAPLE OR PAPER CLIP.

If you are not able to satisfy these printing requirements, you MUST obtain paper copies of petitions from our office.

FAILURE TO REPRODUCE THE NOMINATION PETITION FORMS CORRECTLY WILL RESULT IN THE REJECTION OF THESE FORMS!

PLEASE CAREFULLY READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED WITH THE NOMINATION PETITIONS PRIOR TO CIRCULATION. If you have any questions or are unsure whether you have correctly printed any of the forms, please contact the Cumberland County Bureau of Elections at 717-240-6385.

For a complete set of petition instructions, click HERE

To print a fillable petition, click HERE

To print a Candidate's Affidavit, click HERE

To print a copy of the Statement of Financial Interest, click HERE
(You will be directed to the State Ethics Commission website.)

To print a Waiver of Expense Reporting Affidavit, click HERE

For a list of 2021 Important Dates, click HERE

For a list of 2021 Campaign Finance Reporting Dates, click HERE


Place and Time of Filing


Petitions for school, local and county offices must be filed with the Cumberland County Bureau of Elections, 1601 Ritner Highway, Suite 201, Carlisle by the end of regular business hours, 4:30 pm, on the last day to circulate. 

Our office is currently open by appointment only. Please click HERE or call our office at 717-240-6385 to schedule an appointment.