Filing for office

Filing for office is the process a candidate completes to get their name added onto a ballot and potentially elected to office. This process is typically completed during a two-week filing period with the designated filing officer. Candidates must complete an affidavit of candidacy and either pay a filing fee or submit a petition in lieu of filing fee. Additional financial requirements must be completed by a candidate and their campaign.

2020 Candidate Information Packet

What to Expect When Filing

  • We're asking candidates to schedule a filing appointment so we may adhere to social distancing guidelines. Contact us today at [email protected]
  • Bring with you a valid ID for notarization purposes
  • If arriving on the first or last day of filing, be prepared to wait
  • Officials will verify your eligibility to file for office
  • Filing paperwork must be completed, signed, and notarized
  • Filing fees must be paid at the time of filing or petition must be filed at the time of filing
  • Candidates receive a copy of the 2020 Candidate Information Packet

Offices Eligible to File

Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services only handles candidate filings for municipal elections and the Minneapolis School Board. The City of Minneapolis has a contract with Minneapolis Special School District No. 1 to administer elections on their behalf.

Offices on the 2020 ballot that file with Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services are:

Minneapolis City Council - See job description

Minneapolis School Board - See job description

When and Where to File

We're asking candidates to schedule a filing appointment so we may adhere to social distancing guidelines. Contact us today at [email protected] 

The 2020 candidate filing period for the Minneapolis Special Election – Council Ward 6 and Minneapolis School Board members is Tuesday, May 19 through Tuesday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m. Candidates can file to be on the ballot at:

Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services
980 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Typical office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Note: the office will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

Alternative Procedures During COVID-19:

Candidates who are concerned about filing for office in person may reach out to Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services to discuss alternative options. These inquiries should be directed to [email protected].

To file for federal, state or county offices, visit:

Eligibility to hold office

According to Article VII, Section 6 of the Minnesota Constitution, a candidate for a state or local office must:

  • Be eligible to vote in Minnesota.
  • Have not filed for the same or any other office at the upcoming primary or general election.
  • Be twenty-one (21) years of age or more (or will be on assuming office).
  • Have maintained residence in the district from which the candidate seeks election for at least 30 days before the general election.
  • If a major political party candidate, have either participated in the party's most recent precinct caucuses or intend to vote for a majority of that party's candidates at the next general election.
Additional qualifications for specific offices include:
  • School board: must not have been convicted of an offense for which registration is required under Minnesota Statutes section 243.166.

Filing fees and petitions

Candidates must either submit a filing fee payment or a petition in place of a filing fee at the same time as the affidavit of candidacy.

Filing Fees

Payments can either be made in cash or check.

Minneapolis Special Election – Council Ward 6

  • Minneapolis City Council: $250

Minneapolis School Board 

  • Minneapolis School Board Member: $20

Petition in Place of a Filing Fee

Petitions in place of filing fees must meet certain legal standards, including submission on legal (8 1/2 x 14) size paper. Templates for petitions are produced by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Petitions in place of filing fees can only be signed by those eligible to vote for the candidate.

The number of signatures required on a petition in place of a filing fee can differ depending on the office sought, and the number of votes cast within the election district for the office at the previous election. Signature requirements for upcoming Minneapolis races can be found immediately below:

2020 Signature Requirements for Petitions in Place of Filing Fee

Minneapolis Special Election  – Council Ward 6

Office

Total Ballots Cast in Election District in 
November 7, 2017 Municipal Election

Number of Signatures Required for 
Petition in Place of Filing Fee

Ward 6 City Council Member

7,397

370


Special School District #1 Offices

Office

Total Ballots Cast in Election District in 
November 8, 2016 General Election

Number of Signatures Required for 
Petition in Place of Filing Fee

School Board Member at Large (SSD #1)

219,832

500

School Board Member District 2

28,569

500

School Board Member District 4

40,348

500

School Board Member District 6

41,923

500

Campaign Finance & Reporting

Candidates must submit regular fundraising and expenditure reports. Campaign report requirements differ depending on the office being sought.

There are two primary types of financial reporting that candidates for Minneapolis Special Election – Council Ward 6 and Minneapolis School Board need to complete during the election.

  1. Statement of Economic Interest: This form is due within 14 days of filing for office and covers financial information related to the candidate. Candidates who are elected to office will complete this on an annual basis, while in office.
    Submitted to: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services
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  3. Campaign Registration and Financial Reports: Within 14 days of spending or raising $100, candidates must register their campaign and file an initial report with Hennepin County Elections. Additional reports will need to be submitted during the election.
    Submitted to: Hennepin County Elections

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