In response to the emphasis on secure elections, we encourage candidates and campaigns to consider campaign cybersecurity safeguards.
Fair Campaign Practices
Violations of Fair Campaign Practices can be submitted to the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH). The OAH website has information about how to file a complaint and the Administrative Law Archive with all past decisions.
Candidates frequently ask about certain topics related to Fair Campaign Practices—see the following links for more information on:
The Office of the Secretary of State cannot interpret the law for candidates or campaigns.
Campaigns and candidates are often required to make information public about the money they raise and spend. These laws about campaign finance vary, depending on the office:
- Federal candidates follow federal laws and file with the Federal Election Commission
- State candidates follow Minnesota Statutes Chapter 10A and file with the Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
- Local candidates and campaigns follow Minnesota Statutes Chapter 211A and local laws, and file with their local filing officer. Those that raise or spend larger amounts of money must make this information public through Campaign Finance filings.
Campaigns frequently ask about these topics related to campaign finance:
Voter Information Requests
Campaigns often use lists of voter information as part of their campaign activities. This information is only available to registered Minnesota voters for purposes related to elections and political activities.
- Registered Voter lists give voter names, contact information, and what past elections they have voted in.
- Accepted Absentee Ballot lists give the name of any voters who have had an absentee ballot accepted as of the date the report is run.
Other Data and Maps are available.