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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Generally, a candidate who has filed an affidavit of candidacy may remove his or her name from the ballot by filing an affidavit of withdrawal within 2 days of the end of the filing period. The withdrawal affidavit should include the candidate's name and office for which they filed and include a request to have their name withdrawn from the ballot. The affidavit of withdrawal is filed with the same filing officer where the original affidavit of candidacy was filed.  See the Filing Periods page for specific withdrawal dates for each year.

Additional information on withdrawals for specific offices:

U.S. Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates
Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates nominated by petition may withdraw. (See Op. Atty. Gen 28C-5, September 26, 1968)

Candidates Filing for the Primary Ballot
A candidate may withdraw from the primary ballot by filing an affidavit of withdrawal with the filing officer by 5 p.m. no later than 2 days after the end of the filing period. The filing officer is the:

  • Secretary of State in the case of federal offices
  • Secretary of State or county auditor of residence in the case of state and judicial offices
  • county auditor in the case of county offices
  • municipal clerk or county auditor (if authorized) for local offices

The affidavit must request that the official withdraw the candidate’s name from the ballot. No affidavit of withdrawal for a nonpartisan office may be filed after that time. (Minn. Stat. §204B.12)

An affidavit of withdrawal for a partisan office may be filed after this deadline in some cases for a catastrophic illness. (Minn. Stat. §204B.13, subd. 1 (b))

  • A candidate for partisan office may withdraw if the candidate has been diagnosed with a catastrophic illness that will permanently and continuously incapacitate the candidate and prevent the candidate from performing the duties of the office; and
  • The candidate or the candidate’s legal guardian files a certificate signed by at least 2 licensed physicians verifying that the illness meets the requirements. (Minn. Stat. §204B.13, subd. 1 (b))

Special note regarding governor and lieutenant governor
If a candidate for governor withdraws, the secretary of state shall remove both the governor candidate and the running mate for lieutenant governor from the ballot. (Minn. Stat. §204B.12, subd. 2b)

Candidates Filing for Municipal and School District Elections without a Primary
A candidate may withdraw from the general election ballot by filing an affidavit of withdrawal with the filing officer by 5 p.m. no later than 2 days after the end of the filing period. The affidavit must request that the official withdraw the candidate’s name from the ballot. No affidavit of withdrawal may be filed after that time. (Minn. Stat. §204B.12)

Last updated: 10/14/2014 11:54:42 AM