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Below are descriptions of the offices on the ballot for Nov. 3, 2020, including eligibility and responsibilities of the job of an elected official in that position. To see your sample ballot, visit mnvotes.org.

Federal offices

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President & Vice President

Eligibility

  • A natural-born citizen of the United States.
  • At least 35 years old upon assuming office.
  • A resident in the United States for at least 14 years.

Responsibilities 

  • Directs the executive branch of the federal government.
  • Serves as the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.
  • Executes and enforces federal law.
  • Nominates federal executive, diplomatic, regulatory and judicial officers which the Senate must confirm.
  • Directs the foreign and domestic policies of the United States.
  • Negotiates diplomatic treaties.
  • Signs bills into law.

U.S. Senator

Eligibility

  • A United States citizen for the past nine years.
  • At least 30 years old upon assuming office.
  • A resident in the state the individual represents at time of election.
  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota.
  • Has not filed for another office in the upcoming primary or general election.

Responsibilities

  • Drafts, debates and votes on laws.
  • Offers amendments and serves on committees.
  • Confirms ambassador, cabinet and federal and supreme court judge nominations.
  • Approves treaties made by the executive branch.
  • Censures and/or expels members of the Senate body for disorderly behavior.
  • Filibusters to delay or block legislation from moving forward.
  • Investigates malfeasance in the executive branch and conducts impeachment trials.

U.S. Representative

Eligibility

  • A citizen of the United States for the past seven years.
  • At least 25 years old upon assuming office.
  • A resident in the state the individual represents at time of election.
  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota.
  • Has not filed for another office in the upcoming primary or general election.

Responsibilities

  • Drafts, debates and votes on laws.
  • Offers amendments and serves on committees.
  • Considers bills and issues.
  • Serves on legislative committees to research, interview experts and investigate matters that come before the committee.
  • Introduces, investigates and votes on articles of impeachment.
  • Oversees and monitors agencies, programs and activities within their jurisdictions.
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State offices

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State Senator

Eligibility

  • At least 21 years old upon assuming office.
  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota.
  • A resident of Minnesota for at least one year before the general election.
  • A resident of their district for at least six months before the general election.
  • Has not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election.

Responsibilities

  • Introduces and studies ideas for laws, serves on committees to discuss and develop bills.
  • Passes state laws.
  • Passes the state’s biennial (two-year) budget.
  • Can override governor’s veto (requires two-thirds vote).
  • Convicts and removes members of the executive and judicial branches after House impeachment.
  • Confirms governor’s agency head appointments.
  • Responds to the needs and concerns of constituents.

State Representative

Eligibility

  • At least 21 years old upon assuming office.
  • Eligible to vote in Minnesota.
  • A resident of Minnesota for at least one year before the general election.
  • A resident of their district for at least six months before the general election.
  • Has not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election.

Responsibilities

  • Introduces and studies ideas for laws.
  • Begins discussion and negotiation on all revenue-raising bills.
  • Serves on committees specific to interest areas to discuss bills as they are developed.
  • Passes the state’s biennial (two-year) budget.
  • Can override governor’s veto (requires two-thirds vote).
  • Impeaches members of the executive and judicial branches.

Districts with elections in 2020

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Local offices

County Commissioner

Mayor

City Councilmember

Town Board Supervisor

School Board Member