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What exactly does it take to run for president

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Old 07-22-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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What exactly does it take to run for president

Say the average jow schmoe like me or you or any other regular blue collar person wanted to run for president, What all would it take to get your name on the ballot??

Do you need to be a mayor,governor or some other life long politician or can you run as a "third party" not associating yourself as a republican or democrat??

I am obviously a Republican but me and my coworker were talking about this today and I really didnt have an answer for him, I assume anyone can run for office but really dont know
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I guess it just takes alot of fundraising and getting your face out there.
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:30 PM   #3
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Anyone can run for office. There are no requirements. Just look at who is in there now.

If you are running under a party, you would need to win that party's nomination in the primaries.

If you want to get your name on the ballot as a third party candidate or a true independent, you need to get signatures of registered voters in each state. Each state has different requirements as to the exact number. Count on needing close to a million signatures nationwide and paying filing fees in most, of not all, of the 50 states. This is not an easy task. It will take a lot, and I mean a LOT of money. Even Nader could not pull it off in all 50 states in 2000.
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You better have NOTHING in your closet my brotha!

Campaigns have swaths of interns, and others, looking for every piece of dirt you can imagine to smear their opponents.

I would enjoy the refreshing retort of a candidate that says "Did I cheat on my first wife? YOU BET I DID! Have ya' ever spoken with her at length? Try LIVING WITH HER! (shakes head-walks away- Has my vote)".
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If you meet the min qualifications and qualify by paying the filing fee you should be able to.
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Old 07-22-2010, 09:58 PM   #6
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If you meet the min qualifications and qualify by paying the filing fee you should be able to.
It really is a lot more complicated than that.

Depends on what you mean by "min qualifications."

Here is what is required to get on the ballot in North Carolina. There are 49 other states with hoops you have to jump through.

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FACT SHEET
Running for President of the United States of America

(
This information will only get you on the North Carolina Ballot. You will need to

contact the 49 other states for information on how to get on their primary ballot.)
1.) When are the elections?


(163-1, 213.2)



Presidential Preference Primary - The Tuesday after the first Monday in May

preceding the Presidential election.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008.



Election - The Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Tuesday, November

4, 2008.
2.) What are the qualifications for President of the U.S.?


(U.S. Const. Art. II Sec. 1)



An individual must be a natural born citizen of the U.S., 35 years of age, and

a resident of the U.S. for 14 years.


Term - President (4 years )

3.) How can a candidate be placed on the ballot for the presidential
primary election?
HOUSE BILL 1743
RATIFIED BILL
SECTION 33. G. S. 163-213.4 reads as rewritten
163-214.4. Nomination by the State Board of Elections
By the first Tuesday in February of the year preceding the North Carolina
presidential preference primary, the chair of each political party shall submit to the
State Board of Elections a list of its presidential candidates to be placed on
presidential preference primary ballot. The list must be compromised of candidates
whose candidacy is generally advocated and recognized in the news media
throughout the United States or in North Carolina, unless any such candidate
executes and files with the chair of the political party an affidavit stating without
qualification that the candidate is not and does not intend to become a candidate for
nomination in the North Carolina Presidential Preference Primary Election.
C:\Documents and Settings\crhinehart\My Documents\Fact Sheets Flow Charts\Running for Office\1 Presidential Fact Sheet
2008.doc
The State Board of Elections shall prepare and publish a list of the names of the
presidential candidates submitted.


On the first Tuesday in March preceding the presidential preference primary

(March 4, 2008.


the State Board of Elections (SBE) will convene in Raleigh to

nominate all candidates affiliated with a recognized political party pursuant to the
provisions of Article 9 of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes, who have been
submitted to the State Board of Elections. Immediately upon completion of these
requirements, the board shall release to the news media all such nominees selected.
Provided, however, nothing shall prohibit the partial selection of nominees prior to
the meeting required by this section, if all provisions herein have been complied
with.
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or-

Nomination by Petition
Any person seeking the endorsement by a national political party, may file with the
SBE petitions signed by 10,000 qualified voters who are affiliated with the same
political party as the candidate for whom the petitions are filed. Petitions must be
filed with the county board of elections (CBE) by February 19, 2008, which is ten
days before the filing deadline. The signatures on the petitions must be verified by
the appropriate CBE and filed at the SBE by the candidate no later than 5:00 PM on
the Monday prior to the date the SBE is required to meet pursuant to GS 163-213.4
preceding the presidential preference primary
(March 3, 2008


.



The SBE will notify each person in writing that his/her name will be printed on the

ballot.
4.) How are unaffiliated candidates nominated?


(163-1, 163-122, 163-209)



A candidate who seeks to have his/her name printed on the general election ballot as

an unaffiliated candidate shall file a petition with the SBE by 12:00 Noon on the last
Friday in June preceding the general election,


Friday, June 27, 2008. This petition

must be signed by 2% of the total number of voters who voted in the most recent
general election for Governor (69,734). No later than 5:00 p.m. on the fifteenth day
(June 12, 2008 preceding the date petitions are due to be filed with the SBE, each
petition shall be presented to the chairman of the CBE in which the signatures were
gathered and verification by the chairman shall be completed within two weeks
from the date the petitions are presented.


A Presidential candidate who has qualified to have his/her name printed on the

ballot as an unaffiliated candidate will nominate presidential electors. One elector
from each congressional district and two from the State at-large. He or she must file
this list of electors with the Secretary of State no later than 12:00 Noon on the first
Friday in August -


Friday, August 1, 2008.



He or she must file the name of the vice-presidential candidate with the State Board

of Elections no later than 12:00 Noon on the first Friday in August -


Friday,

August 1, 2008.
5.) How can an individual become a write-in candidate?


(163-123)

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2008.doc


An individual seeking to become a write-in candidate for President must file with

the SBE a declaration of intent (containing the following: name, residential address,
declaration of intent, office sought, date of election, date of declaration, signature)
and petition containing the signatures of 500 qualified voters of the State by noon on
the 90th day before the general election Wednesday,


August 6, 2008. Verification

by the chairman of the CBE shall be completed within two weeks from the date the
petitions are presented.
6.) What are the Campaign Reporting requirements?


(163-278.30)



If you plan to be a 2008 candidate for a federal office you or your campaign

treasurer, need to contact the Federal Election Commission for filing requirements.
Toll Free Number 1-800-424-9530


As a candidate for federal office, you are responsible to the Federal Election
Campaign Act of 1971, P.L. 92-225, as amended (T.2, U.S.C. Section 439).
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You must be a natual born citizen..... oh wait nevermind
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First you get a rich oil-baron daddy who used to be a president... then you get your brother to be the governor of a key electoral state..... the rest is easy.
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Q: How do I run for president?

A: Make enough empty promises to get voted into office.
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