How to File for Office in 2014

Offices on the Ballot in 2014

  • United States Senator
  • United States Representative
  • Governor and Lt. Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • State Auditor
  • Attorney General
  • State Representative
  • County Commissioner
  • County Attorney
  • County Sherriff
  • Minneapolis School Board Director
  • Supreme Court Justice
  • Court of Appeals Judge
  • District Court Judge

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 this district for at least 30 days before the general election.of that party's candidates at the next 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.
United States Senator:  be at least 30 years old and a citizen of the United States for not less than nine years on the next January 3rd.
United States Representative: be an inhabitant of this state when elected and  at least 25 years old and a citizen of the United States for not less than seven years on the next January 3rd.
Governor or Lieutenant Governor: be at least 25 years old on the first Monday of the next January and a resident of Minnesota for not less than one year on Election Day.
Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals Judge, District Court Judge, or County Attorney: licensed to practice
law in Minnesota.
State Senator or State Representative: be a resident of Minnesota not less than one year and of this district for six months on the day of the general or special election.
County Sheriff: be a licensed peace officer in Minnesota.

When to file to be on the ballot

Tuesday, May 20 - Tuesday, June 3, 2013
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On the last day - June 3 - the deadline is 5:00 p.m. 

Candidates may withdraw no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014.

Where to file to be on the ballot

In the 2014 State Election, Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services is only handling candidate filings for the Minneapolis School Board.  The City of Minneapolis has a contract with Minneapolis Special School District #1 to administer elections on their behalf.

Candidates for Minneapolis School board director 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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Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday;
Tuesday, June 3 and Thursday, June 5 until 5:00 p.m.
Candidates absent during the filing period may arrange to file prior to their departure.

The candidate filing fee for Minneapolis Special School District #1 is $20.00.

Filing officer for the remaining offices on the ballot:

Campaign registration & reporting

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

Candidates for Minneapolis Special School District #1 need to register and file an initial report with Hennepin County within 14 days of spending or raising $100, and meet the following deadlines with the county:

  • File Pre-Primary Report by Aug. 5
  • File Pre-General Report by Oct. 28
  • File Annual Report by Feb. 2, 2015


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Candidate Filling Dates:

may 20 - june 3, 2014

Last day to withdraw: June 5