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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

 Filings and withdrawals are due by 5:00 p.m. Election Year
Candidate Filing Period 2016 2017 2018
Candidate Filing Period for March Township Elections Opens: 12/29/15 01/03/17 01/02/18
Closes: 01/12/16 01/17/17 01/16/18
Withdraw by: 01/14/16 01/19/17 01/18/18
TOWNSHIP ELECTION DAY 03/08/16 03/14/17 03/13/18
Candidate Filing Period for State Primary and General Election, and for Municipal/School District Elections in which a primary is possible. Opens: 05/17/16 05/16/17 05/22/18
Closes: 05/31/16 05/30/17 06/05/18
Withdraw by: 06/02/16 06/01/17 06/07/18
Presidential** 08/29/16 ---- ----
PRIMARY 08/09/16 08/08/17 08/14/18
Candidate Filing Period for Municipal/School District Elections in which a primary is not to be held. Opens: 08/02/16 08/01/17 07/31/18
Closes: 08/16/16 08/15/17 08/14/18
Withdraw by: 08/18/16 08/17/17 08/16/18
ELECTION DAY 11/08/16 11/07/17 11/06/18

*There are special statutes on withdrawal for state constitutional officers.  See the Withdrawal page for more information.

**Presidential nominations must be filed with the Secretary of State at least 71 days before the general election.  See Presidential Ballot Access and Election Process for more information.

Refer to the Election Dates webpage for more details on what offices will be on general election ballots in even years. Federal, state, and county candidates always file in the period for the State Primary and General Election in even years.

Last updated: 11/5/2015 3:59:16 PM