Filing fees and petitions
When you submit your affidavit of candidacy, you must either
- Pay the filing fee
- File a petition with signatures from eligible voters
You can pay the filing fee cash by or check.
|Minneapolis City Council
|Minneapolis School Board Member
Petition in place of a filing fee
Instead of paying a fee, you can collect signatures from eligible voters. This is called a petition. We determine the number of signatures required on a petition using two factors:
- The office
- The number of votes cast for the office at the previous election.
For example, see the the signature requirements for recent 2020 Minneapolis races below.
Petitions must meet certain legal standards. These include submission on legal (8 1/2 x 14") size paper. The Minnesota Secretary of State provides a template for petitions.
Signature requirements for Minneapolis Special Election – Council Ward 6
|Office||Total ballots cast in November 7, 2017 Municipal Election||Number of signatures required for petition|
|Ward 6 City Council Member
Signature requirements for Special School District #1 Offices
|Office||Total ballots cast in November 8, 2016 General Election||Number of signatures required for petition|
|School Board Member at Large (SSD #1)
|School Board Member District 2
|School Board Member District 4
|School Board Member District 6