Requirements for Delaware senatorial candidates include meeting the state’s constitutional qualifications, submitting the necessary filing forms and fees, and complying with state election laws. Article II, Section 3 of the Delaware Constitution specifies the qualifications for state senators.
All candidates must have attained the age of 27 by the day of the election. Candidates must be citizens and inhabitants of Delaware for three years preceding the date of election. They must also be residents of the senatorial district in which they are running for at least one year prior to the election. The Constitution waives the residency requirement for candidates who have been absent on the public business of the United States or the state of Delaware.
In addition to the qualifications detailed in the state’s constitution, candidates must meet the filing requirements established by the Board of Elections. A candidate running as a democrat or republican must submit a candidate filing form and fee. Political parties that nominate a candidate may submit a nominating resolution on the candidate’s behalf. A candidate unaffiliated with a political party must certify that she has not been associated with any party for three months and submit voter signatures along with the requisite filing forms and fees.
Candidates must also comply with Delaware campaign finance laws and the Hatch Act, which limits the political activity of certain government employees and workers connected with programs that receive federal funding.