After having 160 candidates file before lunch, the pace of filing has slowed considerably on the first day.
On average 69 percent of candidates who are going to file for political office file on the first day, said Paul Ziriax, Election Board Secretary.
In 2008, the last year that was a presidential election year, 185 candidates filed on the first day, and in 2004 there were 213 who filed on the first day.
Filing continues Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the state Capitol. Candidates don’t have to appear in person to file, but most did Monday. Many lined up before the offices opened.