Filing for office

We explain the process a candidate completes to get their name added to a ballot.


We handle candidate filings for:

  • Mayor
  • City Council
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board
  • Minneapolis School Board
  • Board of Estimate & Taxation

What to expect when filing

Before you file

  • Schedule a filing appointment. Appointments help us follow social distancing guidelines. 
  • Bring a valid ID for notarization.
  • Be prepared to wait if you arrive on the first or last day of filing.
  • Make sure your filing paperwork is complete, signed and notarized.

When you file

  • Officials will verify your eligibility to file for office.
  • At the time of filing, you must either:
    • Pay the filing fee
    • File a petition with signatures from eligible voters
  • Candidates receive a copy of the candidate information packet.

Common questions about filing

Eligibility to hold office
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Filing fees and petitions
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Campaign finance and reporting
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Contact us

Elections & Voter Services


311 or 612-673-3000


TTY: 612-673-2157




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

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