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What's On My Ballot?


View your sample ballot

  • The sample ballot shows a list of the candidates and ballot questions you'll be voting on.
  • Information is posted about 45 days before an election.
  • A sample ballot is not available for all local elections. You may need to contact the local government (city, town or school district) holding the election.


See who has filed to be a candidate

2016 candidate filing for federal, state, county, and some local offices ended on May 31. Search candidate filings.

  • Presidential candidates have until August 29 to file for office. 
  • Local offices for which no primary will be held must file for office between August 2 — August 16.  

What's on the Election Day ballot in 2016?

All voters:

  • U.S. President
  • U.S. Representative
  • State Senator
  • State Representative
  • Constitutional Amendment
  • State Supreme Court Justice
  • State Court of Appeals Judge
  • State District Court Judge

Some voters:

  • County Commissioner
  • Soil & Water Supervisor
  • City Officers
  • School Board Members
  • Township Officers
  • Park District Board Member
  • Hospital District Board Member
  • Local ballot questions

See who has registered as a write-in candidate

Voters can write-in a candidate name for any office on their ballot. The total count of all write-in votes for each office are counted and reported as one number.

However, for federal, state and county offices, the number of write-in votes for a specific candidate name are not tallied unless that individual has registered as a write-in candidate by November 1, 2016.

See registered write-in candidates:

  • For Federal Offices (President and U.S. Representative)
  • For State Offices (State Senator, State Representative and Judicial)
  • For County Offices (County Commissioner and Soil and Water Supervisors) Note: as reported to the Office of the Secretary of State by county auditors

Need help?

Call us at 1-877-600-VOTE (8683) or contact your county election office.