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Filing for office

If you would like to be placed on a ballot, you will need to complete an affidavit of candidacy and submit the required filing fee, or a petition in place of filing fee, with the appropriate filing officer during the designated period. See the tables below for 2020 candidate filing dates.

If you would like to be a candidate for office, you should verify you are qualified before filing for office. You must state under oath that you:

  • are eligible to vote.
  • will be at least 21 years of age upon taking office.
  • will have been a resident of the district for at least 30 days before the general election.
  • have no other affidavit on file for the same primary or ensuing general election.

All affidavits of candidacy must be notarized. If you sign the affidavit at the filing office, the filing officer can notarize your affidavit. The filing fee (cash or check only; no credit cards), or petition in place of the fee, is due at the time of filing. See Ramsey County Elections office's information on circulating and reviewing petitions for more information.

A packet of filing information, including information on campaign finance and voter information lists, will be provided to all individuals who file. Candidates who file with Ramsey County Elections should file at the Plato Building

Filing schedule and fees

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2020 date Filing step
May 19 First day to file affidavits of candidacy for state, county and cities with a primary
June 2

Last day to file affidavits of candidacy for state, county and cities with a primary

June 4 Last day to file affidavits of withdrawal for state, county and cities with a primary (5 p.m.).
July 28 First day to file affidavits of candidacy for cities without a primary
Aug 11 Last day to file affidavits of candidacy for cities without a primary (5 p.m.).
Aug 13 Last day to file affidavits of withdrawal for cities without a primary (5 p.m.).