Filing Information

Important Info
  • Auditor - Treasurer: Robert J. Hiivala
  • Election Supervisor: Jackie Schmidt
  • General Election:  November 4, 2014
Place of Filing
Candidates for federal offices must file with the Minnesota Secretary of State. Candidates for State and Judicial Offices may file with either the Minnesota Secretary of State or with the County Auditor of the county in which they reside. Candidates for county offices must file with the County Auditor. Candidates for municipal offices file with their municipal clerk. Candidates for school district offices file with their school district clerk. Candidates for hospital district offices file with the hospital district administration offices.  

Qualifications for Office
All candidates must
  • be eligible voters
  • be at least 21 years of age when assuming office (this will vary depending on the office selected, see below for additional information)
  • have been residents of their districts for at least 30 days before the general election  (with exception of the State Legislator)
In addition, candidates for particular offices must meet the following requirements:

U.S. Senator
  • must be at least 30 years of age and a U.S. citizen for at least 9 years on January 3, 2013, or if filled at a special election, within 21 days after the election
U.S. Representative
  • must be at least 25 years of age, a U.S. citizen for at least 7 years on January 3, 2013, or if filled at special election, within 21 days after the election
State Representative
  • must be a resident of the state for at least one year and of the legislative district for at least 6 months as of November 6, 2012
Judicial Officers
  • must provide copy of license to practice law in Minnesota
Affidavits of Candidacy
Except for those running for president and vice president, all candidates must file affidavits stating, in part:
  • the name of the office sought
  • that they are eligible voters
  • that they have no other affidavits on file for any other offices for the election
  • that they meet the office qualifications
  • that the names listed on their affidavits are their true names or names by which they are commonly known in the community
The affidavit of candidates who seek the nomination of a major political party must state that they participated in the party's most recent precinct caucus or that they intend to vote for a majority of the party's candidates at the next state general election.  Affidavits of Candidacy for federal, state, and county offices may be executed starting 60 days before and during the filing period.  The properly completed affidavit, filing fee, and petition (if required) must be received by the filing officer during the filing period but no later than 5 p.m. on the last day for filing.  Affidavits must be signed in the presence of a notarial officer or an individual authorized to administer oaths (or a designated employee of the secretary of state, if the filing occurs in that office.)

Candidates should be prepared to supply satisfactory evidence of identification.  Judicial candidates must submit proof that the candidate is licensed to practice law in Minnesota at the time of filing. Candidates for federal, state, or county offices who will be out of the state during the filing period may file Affidavits of Candidacy and any required filing fees or petitions during the seven days immediately preceding their absence from the state.  The proper filing officer should be contacted for more specific information.  Affidavit of Candidacy forms may be obtained from the filing officer or downloaded from the Secretary of State website.