Frequently Asked Questions - Deadlines and Penalties

The general filing deadline is May 15th, except as noted below:

  • Candidates: 30 days prior to first election (primary, special, or general) at which their candidacy will be voted on;
  • Write-in candidates: 20 days prior to first election (primary, special, or general) at which their candidacy will be voted on;
  • Persons newly appointed to elective office: 15 days after they are sworn in to office; and
  • Persons hired, promoted, or appointed to non-elective office after February 15th of the year: 90 days after they are hired, promoted, or appointed.

R.C. 102.02(A)(4)

An incumbent typically must file by May 15th. However, if the incumbent is a candidate who has filed a petition to run for re-election, or to run for a different office, and his candidacy has been certified to the ballot by the board of election before May 15th, he will have a different filing deadline. In that case, he must file no later than thirty days before the first election at which his candidacy will be voted on. If the first election in which he is a candidate is a May primary, his filing deadline will be in early April. If the first election in which he is a candidate is a later primary or the November general election, his filing deadline will be thirty days before that election. More information is available in Adv. Op. No. 2001-07.

If you won’t file your petition until after May 15th, your deadline is May 15th. More information is available in Adv. Op. No. 2001-07.

Either. An FDS is filed on time if it:

  • Is received at the Commission’s office on or before the deadline;
  • Has a U.S. postmark on or before the deadline; or
  • Has a shipping date from a commercial delivery service (such as UPS or FedEx) that is on or before the deadline.

OAC 102-5-10(F).

The law requires that you will be assessed a late filing fee equal to $10.00 per day, up to a maximum of $250.00. You may also be subject to criminal prosecution for failure to file. R.C. 102.02(F); R.C. 102.99(A).

It is a criminal offense (fourth-degree misdemeanor) to knowingly fail to file a financial disclosure statement. R.C. 102.02(C); R.C. 102.99(A).

Further, some public officials can be removed from their public positions for failing to file a disclosure statement. R.C. 3.04; R.C. 124.34.

It is a criminal offense (first-degree misdemeanor) to knowingly file a false financial disclosure statement. R.C. 102.02(D); R.C. 102.99(A).

Further, some public officials can be removed from their public positions for filing a false disclosure statement. R.C. 3.04; R.C. 124.34.