Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is the first candidate to file a petition for the Indiana presidential primary. Indiana Representative Todd Rokita dropped off the petition to the Indiana Election Division on Tuesday.
Indiana requires 4,500 signatures total with at least 500 from each congressional district. Romney’s petition included 7,000 signatures, according State Election Division Co-director Trent Deckard.
Tuesday was the deadline for presidential candidates to file primary petitions with the counties. Deckard says the counties then certify that the people who signed the petitions are registered voters of the county.
Those petitions must be delivered to the Election Division by noon on February 7 for a candidate to be eligible to appear on the state ballot.
President Barack Obama does not need to file for the primaries because no Democratic presidential primaries are being held in the state.