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.

2018 Candidate Information Packet

The 2020 Candidate Information Packet will be uploaded to our website in April 2020.

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

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

When to file

The 2020 candidate filing period for Minneapolis School Board members is Tuesday, May 19  through Tuesday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m.

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

Where to file

Candidates for Minneapolis School Board can file to be on the ballot at:

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

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 School Board 

  • Minneapolis School Board Member: $20

Petition in Place of a Filing Fee

For municipal 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 races can be found immediately below: 

2020 Signature Requirements for Petitions in Place of Filing Fee – Special School District #1 Offices


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)



School Board Member District 2



School Board Member District 4



School Board Member District 6



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. NOTE: Petitions must be submitted on legal (8 1/2 x 14) paper.

What do I need to bring?

  • A valid ID for notarization purposes

  • Payment for filing fees or petition in lieu of filing fee

What to expect

  • 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 will 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 

Campaign finance & reporting

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

Candidates for Minneapolis 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.

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