Candidate filing opens Aug. 1 for Minneapolis races

Residents will use ranked-choice voting


July 28, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) The City of Minneapolis is gearing up for the Nov. 7 municipal election, which will be the City’s third election to use ranked-choice voting. As we get closer to the election, the City is working to remind folks how to use ranked-choice voting, to make sure people know how to register to vote and find their polling place, and to answer any other questions about voting.

Candidate filing opens Aug. 1

The time for candidates to officially place their names on the ballot for the City election is rapidly approaching. Candidates filing for municipal offices, including mayor, City Council member, Board of Estimate and Taxation member, and Park and Recreation Board commissioners, will open Tuesday, Aug. 1, and run through Tuesday, Aug. 15. Candidates may withdraw no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.

In order to be eligible to hold elected office in Minnesota, a candidate must be eligible to vote in Minnesota, not have filed for the same or any other office on the ballot this coming election, be 21 or older upon assuming office, and have maintained residence for at least 30 days before the election.

Potential candidates must file for office in person with Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services, located in Room 201 of City Hall, 350 Fifth St. S. Elections and Voter Services is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. On both Aug. 13 and 15, the office will remain open until 5 p.m.

What candidates need to bring:

  • A valid ID for notarization purposes.

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

What candidates can expect when filing for office:

  • If arriving on the first or last day of filing, there could be a wait.

  • City officials need to verify eligibility at the time of filing.

  • All paperwork needs to be completed, signed and notarized.

  • Filing fees must be paid at the time of filing, or a petition must be filed at the time of filing.

The filing fees are as follows:

  • Mayor: $500

  • City Council member: $250

  • Board of Estimate and Taxation member: $100

  • Park and Recreation Board commissioner: $100

In lieu of a filing fee, candidates for municipal offices can submit a petition. The number of signatures required on the petition differs depending on the office sought. A list of the signature requirements can be found at  

Throughout the candidate filing period, the City’s election website ( will be updated with information about the candidate filings received to date. Once the full candidate filing and withdrawal period concludes, sample ballots will be created. Those sample ballots will be available for each precinct based upon voters’ home addresses through links on the City’s website and also in the elections portion of the 311 mobile app.

In addition to filing with the City, all City candidates must also complete and file a pre-primary campaign finance report with Hennepin County by Aug. 1. More information on that is available at

This election uses ranked-choice voting

Minneapolis voters will use ranked-choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Ranked-choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked-choice voting is used only for municipal elections in Minneapolis. 

More information on ranked-choice voting is available at

Get elections info at

The City has an elections-focused website: This website is a central place to go for accurate, timely information about this year’s election and ranked-choice voting. The fresh, intuitive design is focused on the user, with content on the site arranged according to specific audiences including voters, candidates, volunteers, and students.

Elections & Voter Services
City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415