How to File for Office

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.

Where to file to be on the ballot

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 #1 to administer elections on their behalf.

Candidates for municipal offices or for Minneapolis School Board Director can file to be on the ballot during designated filing periods 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.

Filing officer for federal, state, judicial, and county offices:

Filing Fees and Petitions

Filing Fees for City of Minneapolis Municipal Offices:

  • Mayor: $500.00
  • Council Member: $250.00
  • Board of Estimate and Taxation Member: $100.00
  • Park and Recreation Commissioner (Districts 1-6, at Large): $100.00
Filing Fees for Minneapolis Special School District #1 Offices:
  • Minneapolis School Board Member (Districts 1-6, at Large):  $20.00
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 canidacy.

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 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 deadlines with the county.


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