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;
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 deadlines with the county.