Today is the first day candidates can turn in their election petitions.
Each candidate in an at-large seat or for mayor must collect at least 250 signatures showing support.
Petition signers must be registered to vote in St. Joseph.
City leaders say there are many methods people use to get their signatures and there have already been people starting the process.
"It's kind of hard to know. It varies each time," said St. Joseph City Clerk Paula Heyde. "We've had approximately 20 people pick up in the past few weeks, and not very many lately. I'm not sure if that's all we'll have or not."
The deadline for filing an application for city council candidates is November 19.
Primary elections are on February 4, 2014, with the general election scheduled for April 8.