Eligibility to hold office

A candidate for a state or local office must meet these requirements.

Eligibility requirements

State and local office candidates

  • Have not filed for the same or any other office at the upcoming primary or general election.
  • Be at least 21 years old when assuming office.
  • Have lived in the election district for at least 30 days before the general election.
  • Must be eligible to vote in Minnesota.

See Article VII, Section 6 of the Minnesota Constitution

School board candidates

School board candidates must not be a registered predatory offender. See Minnesota Statutes section 243.166

Major political party candidates

Candidates for a major political party must either:

  • Have participated in the party's most recent precinct caucuses.
  • Intend to vote for a majority of that party's candidates at the next general election.

Contact us

Candidate & campaign questions


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

Get directions


Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.