Minnesota Secretary Of State - How Elections Work
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Learn about how elections work in Minnesota

Learn about how elections work in Minnesota


Nominating a candidate

Ever wonder how candidates get on the ballot in the first place? Or how political parties decide who will represent them as their candidate?


Filing for office

To learn how to file for office, visit the Become a Candidate in the Elections Administration and Campaigns section.


Recalling an elected official

Find out when and how voters can recall an elected representative.


Choosing a president

Learn about our unique system for selecting the President.


Free and fair elections

For topics including polling place rules, voters' rights, and how to file complaint go to the Election Day Voting section.


Counting votes

After you vote, what happens exactly? Who checks to make sure the count is accurate? How does a recount work?


About the ballot

Learn about different kinds of ballot questions, or how they decide the order of names and offices on the ballot.


Who's in charge?

Who actually runs elections? Learn the difference between state, county and local roles in running elections.

Need help?

Call us at 1-877-600-VOTE (8683) or contact your county election office.