Candidate filing fees and petition signatures

At the time of filing, you must pay a fee or submit a petition with signatures.

Filing fees

You can pay the filing fee by cash or check. Checks should be made out to City of Minneapolis.

Minneapolis OfficeFiling Fee
Mayor $500
City Council $250
Board of Estimate & Taxation $100
Park & Recreation Board $100
School Board Member $20

Petition in place of a filing fee

Instead of paying a fee, you can collect signatures from eligible voters. The number of signatures needed is 500 or five percent of the total number of votes cast in the previous election for that office, whichever is less. office and the number of votes cast in the previous election.

Signature petitions must meet legal standards. These include submission on legal (8 1/2 x 14") size paper.  

The Minnesota Secretary of State provides more information and templates for petitions.

2023 City Council Office Signatures required for petition
City Council Ward 1 500
City Council Ward 2 490
City Council Ward 3 500
City Council Ward 4 375
City Council Ward 5 281
City Council Ward 6 344
City Council Ward 7 500
City Council Ward 8 500
City Council Ward 9 350
City Council Ward 10 500
City Council Ward 11 500
City Council Ward 12 500
City Council Ward 13 500


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