Montana 2012 Election candidacy stats (PRESS RELEASE)

Just received these 2012 Election candidacy filing stats from the Montana Secretary of State’s Office:

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2012

CONTACT: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807

2012 CANDIDATE FILING STATISTICS

Candidate Filing Closed Monday, March 12 at 5:00 p.m

HELENA – Secretary of State and Chief Elections Officer Linda McCulloch is pleased to announce that a record number of candidates filed for public office in 2012. Candidate filing for the 2012 election year opened at 8:00 a.m. on January 12, 2012 and closed at 5:00 p.m. on March 12, 2012.

“Montanans enjoy convenient and secure methods of participating in the elections process,” Secretary McCulloch said. “Online candidate filings surged this year, and a record number of voters are choosing to vote by absentee ballot. I’m confident this will be a strong election year.”

2012 Candidate Filing Statistics:

Total Candidate Filings (including withdrawn filings):  439

*Previous totals: 379 in 2010, 388 in 2008

Total Withdrawn Filings: 20

Total Web Filings: 279

Total Paper Filings: 160

Total Legislative Filings (including withdrawn filings): 325

*Previous totals: 337 in 2010, 322 in 2008

Total Withdrawn Legislative Filings: 20

Total Legislative Web Filings: 226

Total Legislative Paper Filings: 99

Total Non-Legislative Filings (including withdrawn filings): 114

*Previous totals: 42 in 2010, 66 in 2008

Total Withdrawn Non-Legislative Filings: 0

Total Non-Legislative Web Filings: 53

Total Non-Legislative Paper Filings: 61

Legislative Filing Numbers by Party

Total Democrat Party Filings: 140 filings, 8 withdrawn

Total Republican Party Filings: 170 filings, 11 withdrawn

Total Libertarian Party Filings: 11 filings, 1 withdrawn

Total Independent Filings: 3 filings, 0 withdrawn

*Total Green Party Filings: 1 filing, 0 withdrawn (*candidate did not meet signature requirements)

Total Opening Day Filings:  155

*Previous Record total: 106 in 2010 

Total Web Filings:  73

Total Paper Filings:  82

Total Legislative Opening Day Filings:  126

Total Non-Legislative Opening Day Filings:  29

Total Closing Day Filings: 76

*Previous Record total: 70 in 2010

Total Withdrawn Filings: 4

Total Web Filings: 71

Total Paper Filings: 5

Total Legislative Closing Day Filings: 64

Total Non-Legislative Closing Day Filings: 12

United States President Filings: 5

*6 candidates filed in 2008, 8 filed in 2004

United States President Republican Filings: 4

United States President Democrat Filings: 1

United States Senator Filings: 5

*7 candidates filed in 2008, 9 in 2006

United States Senator Democrat Filings: 1

United States Senator Republican Filings: 2

United States Senator Libertarian Filings: 2

United States Representative Filings: 11

*7 candidates filed in 2010, 4 in 2008

United States Representative Democrat Filings: 7

United States Representative Republican Filings: 3

United States Representative Libertarian Filings: 1

Governor & Lieutenant Governor Filings: 11

*5 filings in 2008, 6 filings in 2004

Governor & Lieutenant Governor Democrat Filings: 2

Governor & Lieutenant Governor Republican Filings: 7

Governor & Lieutenant Governor Libertarian Filings: 1

*Governor & Lieutenant Governor Independent Filings: 1

(*candidate did not meet signature requirements)

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