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.
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:
According to Article VII, Section 6 of the Minnesota Constitution, a candidate for a state or local office must:
City of Minneapolis Municipal Offices
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:
Petition forms must meet certain legal standards. Templates for petitions are produced by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.
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.
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.