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Is it a requirement for the person signing to put down their complete middle name?
Is it acceptable to use ditto marks under residence address, City or Township, or County on the petition form?
If the date of birth portion of the signature line is left blank is this an acceptable signature?

Q: Is it a requirement for the person signing to put down their complete middle name?
A:
Minnesota Rules 8205.1050, subpart 2B states: “the filing officer shall inspect the petition to determine whether it has been signed by the required number of signatories and whether the signatories meet the applicable eligibility requirements.” It does not specifically state that the signatory provide their complete legal name including their full middle name. The practice of the Secretary of State’s Office is to not require a complete middle-name. However, it is necessary to provide a complete enough name to verify the eligibility of the person who is signing the petition.
Q: Is it acceptable to use ditto marks under residence address, City or Township, or County on the petition form?
A:
Ditto marks are not specifically addressed in the Petition Rules. The standard practice of the Secretary of State’s Office is to require an actual signature on the petition by the signatory and not to allow ditto marks to substitute for the actual signature or the person’s name. However, if the ditto marks are used on other parts of the signature line it is acceptable as long as it is clear to what information the ditto marks are referring.
Q: If the date of birth portion of the signature line is left blank is this an acceptable signature?
A:
Minnesota Rules 8205.1030, subpart 2 states “the person signing the petition shall complete the signature, date, name, year of birth, and residence address lines on the petition.” The standard practice of the Secretary of State’s Office has been to reject signatures that do not list the year of birth because giving no information does not qualify as completing the signature line. It must be possible to determine eligibility to sign and without a year of birth eligibility cannot be established.

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