Candidates & Filing for Office

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Candidates for State and County offices must file Affidavits of Candidacy during certain time periods. For information regarding filing periods for the upcoming election cycle, please click here

Filing periods vary for different types of office (state, county, municipal, school board, etc.). 
Affidavit of Candidacy
All candidates must file affidavits stating, in part,
  • the name of the office sought,
  • that the candidate is an eligible voter,
  • that he/she has no other affidavit on file for any other office for the election,
  • that the candidate meets the qualifications for the office,
  • that the name listed on the affidavit is the candidate’s true name or name by which the candidate is commonly known in the community.
A candidate for county office who will be out of the state during the filing period may file an Affidavit of Candidacy and any required filing fee or petition during the seven days immediately preceding the candidate’s absence from the state (Minnesota Statute 204b.09). The appropriate filing officer should be contacted for more specific information. Affidavit of Candidacy forms may be obtained from the filing officer.

Filing Fee
A filing fee must be paid at the time of filing the Affidavit of Candidacy. A candidate who provides the filing fee by a check or other instrument for which sufficient funds are not available will have his or her name removed from the ballot and is liable for all costs incurred by election officials in removing the name from the ballot (Minnesota Statutes 204B.11).
Filing Fee Amounts
Click here to view the current filing fees for different elected positions in the State of Minnesota. 

Qualifications for Office
Every candidate must state on the Affidavit of Candidacy that the candidate is an eligible voter, will be at least 21 years of age when assuming office, and will have been a resident of the district for at least 30 days before the general election (Minnesota Statute 204b.06).  

Where do Candidates File for Office?

Candidates filing locations varies for different types of elected positions. To learn about filing locations based on election position, click here

All McLeod County elected official candidates must file at the McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer Office. 

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