Extended candidate filing period for congressional races to end in Michigan

The statewide filing deadline to run for congressional offices in Michigan is on May 8, 2020. The filing period was originally set to end on April 21, but the deadline was extended by court order in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To qualify for the extended May 8 deadline, congressional candidates must have filed a statement of organization with the Federal Election Commission or formed a candidate committee under Michigan state law on or before March 10. The order also permits candidates to collect and submit signatures electronically. A provision reducing the required number of signatures by 50% is the subject of a pending appeal.

Prospective candidates in Michigan may file for the following congressional offices:
  • U.S. Senate (1 seat)
  • U.S. House (14 seats)

Michigan’s primary is scheduled for August 4, and the general election is scheduled for November 3, 2020.

Michigan’s extended deadline is the 37th congressional filing deadline to take place in the 2020 election cycle. The next is on May 15 in Washington.

Additional reading:
Changes to election dates, procedures, and administration in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020 – Candidate filing changes
United States Senate election in Michigan, 2020
United States House of Representatives elections in Michigan, 2020