Filing Procedures

Candidate Filing Procedures for 2019

Nominating Petitions and the Affidavit of Identity are now available for pick-up at City Hall, 400 6th Street. 

Pursuant to state election law, the Nominating Petitions were due by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. 

The deadline to submit a written notice of withdrawal was 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019.

Section 4.1 of the Rochester City Charter states that, “no person shall be eligible for any elective office of the City unless he or she is at least 25 years of age, a qualified registered elector in the City, and a City resident for at least one year before the election”.

An August Primary is held only if 9 or more candidates file petitions. Due to an insufficient number of candidates, the August Primary was cancelled. All qualified candidates appeared on the November 5, 2019 General Election ballot.

The number of signatures needed on the Nominating Petitions, as required by Section 5.10 of the City Charter, cannot be less than 25 nor more than 50, of registered electors of the City of Rochester.

The Affidavit of Identity must be submitted with the Nominating Petitions, and must be notarized. If you need a notary at City Hall, please call (248) 733-3700 ahead to ensure a notary will be available.