Minnesota Secretary Of State - Write-in Candidates
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Write-in Candidates


 

On general election ballots, voters always have the option of writing in a name instead of voting for one of the candidates named on the ballot. However, write-in candidates for some offices need to file a request to have votes for them counted.

Some Elections Only

Write-in votes are only allowed in general elections, and in the March presidential nomination primary if requested by the party chair. Contact each major party to learn about their presidential nomination primary ballot choices.

Candidates for U.S. President and Vice President

Write-in candidates for U.S. President and Vice President must each file a written request for their votes to be counted. The two requests must be filed together with the Office of the Secretary of State in a presidential election year. Further details including information about electors and a written request form will be made available in 2024.

Candidates for Other Federal Office

A write-in candidate for U.S. Senator or U.S. Representative must file a written request for their votes to be counted. This request must be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State not more than 84 days before the primary (May 17, 2022) and no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 7th day before the general election (November 1, 2022).

Candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor 

Write-in candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor must each file a written request for their votes to be counted. The two requests must be filed together with the filing officer for that office not more than 84 days before the primary (May 17, 2022) and no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 7th day before the general election (November 1, 2022).

Candidates for State and Judicial Office

A write-in candidate for state or judicial office must file a written request for their votes to be counted. This request must be filed with the filing officer for that office not more than 84 days before the primary (May 17, 2022) and no later than the 7th day before the general election (November 1, 2022).

Candidates for County Office

A write-in candidate for county office must file a written request for their votes to be counted. This request must be filed with the county auditor not more than 84 days before the primary (May 17, 2022) and no later than the 7th day before the general election (November 1, 2022).

Candidates for Statutory City, Township, and School District Office

Write-in votes for candidates for statutory city, township, or school district are counted without the need for a written request.

Candidates for Charter City Office

Although there is no statutory requirement for candidates for city office to file a written request for write-in votes to be counted, it is possible that some charter cities may have additional candidate requirements. A candidate should check the city’s charter for possible additional requirements for write-in candidates.

 

Voters may not place pre-printed stickers on their ballot in the write-in space (Minnesota Rules 8230.1450)