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Important Changes to Office Operations: COVID-19 Information

Become a Candidate


See Special Information about 2020 Candidate Filing for modifications due to COVID-19

Candidates are placed on a ballot in Minnesota after they file for office. The most common way to file for office is to complete an affidavit of candidacy and pay a filing fee to the appropriate filing officer during the two-week filing period.

 

Some exceptions include:

Campaigning for an office is different than filing for an office. Please see our Campaigning section for more information about campaign finances and practices.

Candidates should make sure they are qualified before filing for an office. Candidates have a short period of time during which they can withdraw their filing.

 

These printable guides collect the information candidates need to know before filing: