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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Candidate Information

  • Filing for Office - Includes the Affidavit of Candidacy and information on filing periods, filing fees, petitions, write-in votes, and other information for candidates.
  • Additions to 2014 Campaign Manual (laws enacted after March 1, 2014):
  • Additional annotations to 2014 Campaign Manual (annotations received from the Attorney General's office after March 1, 2014):
    • M.S. 211B.06: Statute making it a crime to make false statement about proposed ballot initiative was not narrowly tailored to meet any compelling government interest; statute was not actually necessary in that it tended to perpetuate the very fraud it was allegedly designed to prohibit, statute was simultaneously overbroad and underinclusive, and statute was not the least restrictive means of achieving the stated goals it allegedly advanced. 281 Care Comm. v. Arneson, 766 F.3d 774 (8th Cir. 2014).
    • M.S. 211B.11:  Excluding political organization’s “Please I.D. Me” buttons from polling place was rationally related to state’s interests in maintaining decorum of the polls, preserving integrity of elections, and protecting voters from confusion and undue influence.  Statute and election policy prohibiting display of political  materials in the polling place, as applied, did not violate First Amendment right to freedom of speech. Minnesota Majority v. Mansky, __F.Supp.3d.__, 2014 WL 5243403 (D. Minn. Oct. 15, 2014).
    • M.S. 211B.13:  School district’s board and superintendent were not buying or attempting to buy votes for referendum in violation of statute when they informed voters of the property tax consequences of passing the referendum; board and superintendent had First Amendment right and statutory obligation to inform voters of tax consequences. Yaggie v. Schmidt, 855 N.W.2d 769 (Minn. App. 2014).

    In accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 10A.38 adopted in 2008, certain candidates are required to caption their audio and video advertisements to make them accessible to voters who are deaf and hard of hearing. The Commission of Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans provides helpful information about how to provide the required captions.

    Last updated: 5/29/2015 4:10:36 PM