Filing for office

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 2017 ballot are:

  • Mayor
  • Council members – All 13 Wards
  • Minneapolis Park Board members – 6 District Commissioners and 3 At-large members
  • Board of Estimate and Taxation – 2 At-large members

When to file

The candidate filing period for the 2017 Municipal Election is August 1 through August 15, 2017.

Where to file

Candidates for municipal offices in Minneapolis including Mayor, Council Member, Board of Estimate & Taxation, and Park & Recreation Board can file to be on the ballot at:

Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services
350 South Fifth Street
City Hall, Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1355
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In non-municipal elections, the filing officers (where to file) for others offices include:

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

Filing Fees

Minneapolis Special School District No. 1 Offices (not scheduled to be on the ballot in 2017)
  • Minneapolis School Board Member (Districts 1-6, at Large): $20

City of Minneapolis Municipal Offices

  • Mayor: $500
  • Council Member: $250
  • Board of Estimate and Taxation Member: $100
  • Park and Recreation Commissioner (Districts 1-6, at Large): $100

Petition in Place of a Filing Fee

For both municipal and school district offices a petition that takes the place of a filing fee may be submitted by the candidate at the same time as the affidavit of candidacy.

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 Municipal and Special School District #1 races can be found immediately below: 

Petitions in place of filing fees can only be signed by those eligible to vote for the candidate.

Petition forms must meet certain legal standards. Templates for petitions are produced by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Campaign FINANCE & reporting

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

Candidates for Minneapolis Mayor, City Council, or Special School District No.1 School Board need to register and file an initial report with Hennepin County within 14 days of spending or raising $100, and meet deadlines with the county.

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

Contact Minneapolis 311 Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., weekends 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.