Independent Presidential Candidate Signature Requirements by State for 2020

Unless otherwise noted, the numbers presented here are estimates based on the most recent data available as of November 2015. See December 2018 Ballot Access News Print Edition 2020 Petitioning for President, and FairVote.org “The Worst Ballot Access Laws in the United States

StateFormulaEstimated signaturesFiling deadline
Alabama5,0005,0008/13/2020
Alaska1% of the total number of state voters who cast ballots for president in the most recent election3,0058/5/2020
Arizona3% of all registered voters who are not affiliated with a qualified political party37,0009/4/2020
Arkansas1,0001,0008/3/2020
California1% of the number of registered voters as of the close of registration for the November 2018 election196,964,
to be collected in 105 days
8/7/2020
Colorado5,000 or pay $1,0005,0008/5/2020
Connecticut1% of the total vote cast for president in the most recent election, or 7,500, whichever is less7,5008/5/2020
Delaware1% of the total number of registered voters in the state7,0007/15/2020
Florida1% of the total number of registered voters in the state119,3167/15/2016
GeorgiaTemporary court order applying only to 2016 candidates7,5007/12/2016
Hawaii1% of the total number of votes cast in the state for president in the most recent election4,3728/10/2016
Idaho1,0001,0008/24/2016
Illinois1% of the total number of voters in the most recent statewide general election, or 25,000, whichever is less25,0006/27/2016
Indiana2% of the total vote cast for secretary of state in the most recent election26,7006/30/2016
Iowa1,500 eligible voters from at least 10 of the state’s counties1,5008/19/2016
Kansas5,0005,0008/1/2016
Kentucky5,0005,0009/9/2016
Louisiana5,0005,0008/19/2016
MaineBetween 4,000 and 6,0004,0008/1/2016
Maryland1% of the total number of registered state voters38,0008/1/2016
Massachusetts10,00010,0008/2/2016
Michigan30,00030,0007/21/2016
Minnesota2,0002,0008/23/2016
Mississippi1,0001,0009/9/2016
Missouri10,00010,0007/25/2016
Montana5% of the total votes cast for the successful candidate for governor in the last election, or 5,000, whichever is less5,0008/17/2016
Nebraska2,500 registered voters who did not vote in any party’s primary2,5008/1/2016
Nevada1% of the total number of votes cast for all representatives in Congress in the last election5,4317/8/2016
New Hampshire3,000 voters, with at least 1,500 from each congressional district3,0008/10/2016
New Jersey8008008/1/2016
New Mexico3% of the total votes cast for governor in the last general election15,3886/30/2016
New York15,000, with at least 100 from each of the state’s congressional districts15,0008/2/2016
North Carolina2% of the total votes cast for governor in the previous general election89,3666/9/2016
North Dakota4,0004,0009/5/2016
Ohio5,0005,0008/10/2016
Oklahoma3% of the total votes cast in the last general election for president40,0477/15/2016
Oregon1% of the total votes cast in the last general election for president17,8938/30/2016
Pennsylvania5,0008/1/2016
Rhode Island1,0001,0009/9/2016
South Carolina5% of registered voters up to 10,00010,0007/15/2016
South Dakota1% of the combined vote for governor in the last election2,7758/2/2016
Tennessee25 votes per state elector (275 total)2758/18/2016
Texas1% of the total votes cast for all candidates in the previous presidential election79,9395/9/2016
Utah1,0001,0008/15/2016
Vermont1,0001,0008/1/2016
Virginia5,000 registered voters, with at least 200 from each congressional district5,0008/26/2016
Washington1,0001,0007/23/2016
Washington, D.C.1% of the district’s qualified voters5,0008/5/2020
West Virginia1% of the total votes cast in the state for president in the most recent election6,7058/1/2016
WisconsinBetween 2,000 and 4,0002,0008/2/2016
Wyoming2% of the total number of votes cast for United States representative in the most recent general election3,3028/30/2016
TOTALS864,427

Note: Two states (Colorado and Louisiana) allow independent candidates to pay filing fees in lieu of submitting petitions.

Sources: This information was compiled by Ballotpedia staff in November 2015. These figures were verified against those published by Richard Winger in the October 2015 print edition of Ballot Access News.

*Deadline dates to be updated with verified 2020 signature requirements per state.