Candidate resources

Key information to use when running for office in Minneapolis.

Candidate information packet

The 2021 Minneapolis candidate information packet will be available March 1, 2021. Please use the 2020 packet as a reference in the meantime. 

For each election year, we produce a candidate information packet that:

  • Summarizes elections laws
  • Lists important election dates
  • Shares helpful contact information

Download the 2020 Minneapolis candidate packet

Fair campaign practices and finance rules

Hennepin County Elections

Minneapolis candidates file campaign reports with Hennepin County Elections. Review FAQs, report formats, contribution limits, and important deadlines.

Read campaign finance resources

Minnesota Secretary of State

Find resources on fair campaign practices, voter information requests, and cybersecurity. 

Read information for all Minnesota candidates

Office of Administrative Hearings

Violations of M.S. 211A or M.S. 211B, which involve campaign finance and fair practices, can be filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Read more about how to file a complaint

Campaign sign information

Campaign signs need to follow local and state laws.

In the 2021 Municipal Election, Minneapolis ordinance states:

  • Campaign signs may be posted in any size and quantity from Aug. 1 until Nov. 12, 2021.
  • Signs cannot be posted on public right-of-ways. This includes boulevard trees and utility poles. 

See Minneapolis Ordinance 543.310

In state and federal election years, state law:

  • Overrules local law from 46 days before the primary until 10 days after the general election.
  • Allows campaign signs in any size and number.

See Minnesota Statute 211B.045

The City enforces these laws. The City also takes action about any sign that:

  • Endangers life safety
  • Obstructs visibility in a road
  • Obstructs traffic

View all campaign sign laws by issue

Election Day regulations

The Minnesota Secretary of State explains Election Day rules:

These rules apply to early vote centers and Election Day polling places.

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