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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Petition in Place of Filing Fee
At the time of filing an Affidavit of Candidacy a candidate may present a Petition in Place of Filing Fee. The number of signatures depends on the office sought: (Minn. Stat. 204B.11)

  • U.S. Senator: 2,000 signatures
  • State Office voted on Statewide (including Presidential Electors): 2,000 signatures
  • U.S. Congressional Office: 1,000 signatures
  • County or legislative office, or office of district judge: 500 signatures

This petition must be filed during the filing period. The signatures may be gathered prior to the filing period for this particular petition. (Reiter vs. Kiffmeyer, A06-1508)

Nominating Petitions
A Candidate who is not running as a member of a Major Political Party (defined in Minn. Stat. 200.02, subd. 7) must file by Nominating Petition to have his or her name placed on the General Election Ballot. At the present time, the only Major Political Parties in Minnesota are the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party, the Independence Party, and the Republican Party. The number of signatures required on a Nominating Petition depends on the office sought: (Minn. Stat. 204B.08, subd. 3)

  • U.S. Senator: 2,000 signatures
  • State Office voted on Statewide (including Presidential Electors): 2,000 signatures
  • U.S. Congressional Office: 1,000 signatures
  • County or legislative office: 500 signatures

The signatures must be obtained and the Nominating Petition must be filed during the filing period.

Combined Nominating Petition and Petition in Place of Filing Fee
This petition must state that it is for both the purpose of nominating the candidate and to allow the candidate to file the petition in place of the filing fee. (Minn. Stat. 204B.11). The number of signatures required on this petition is the same as the number of signatures for a Nominating Petition. (Minn. Stat. 204B.07)

The signatures must be obtained and this Petition must be filed during the filing period

Presidential Electors
Presidential Ballot Access and Election Process

Political Party Recognition

Recall of Elected State Officials
Minnesota Statutes Chapter 211C - Recall of Elected State Officials
Frequently Asked Questions about Recall of State Officials

Recall of Elected County Officials
Statues regarding recall of elected county officials

Recount Petitions for Ballot Questions

Petition Form and Signatures
Minnesota Rules on the Form of Petitions
Frequently Asked Questions about Petition Signatures

Last updated: 2/26/2014 3:43:48 PM