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In some cases, political parties and/or candidates may need to obtain signatures via the petition process to gain access to the ballot. This section outlines the laws and regulations pertaining to petitions and circulators in Minnesota.

Sample forms for all petitions are available through the Secretary of State's website.

General requirements

All petitions must be prepared in accordance with the following:[1]

  • Petitions must be printed on paper measuring no greater than 8.5 inches wide by 14 inches long. The signer's oath and the signature lines must appear on the same side of the paper.
  • Petition language must be printed in type no smaller than 10-point.
  • Each page of a petition must contain a short title describing the petition's purpose.
    • Each page of a nominating petition or a petition submitted in lieu of filing fees must state the office being sought, the candidate's name and residential address, and the candidate's political party or political principle expressed in no more than three words (the word "nonpartisan" may not be used, but the word "independent" may be).[2][3]
    • Each page of a major party qualification petition must include the following statement: "We, the undersigned members of the [name of political party], request the Secretary of State to designate a place on the [year] state partisan primary election ballot for that party as a major political party in Minnesota."[4]
    • Each page of a minor party qualification petition must include the following statement: "We, the undersigned members of the [name of political party], request the Secretary of State to qualify that party as a minor political party in Minnesota beginning with the [year] state general election.[5]
  • Each page of a petition must contain a signer's oath printed in boldface type no smaller than 12-point. If an oath is not specified by statute, the following must be used: "I swear (or affirm) that I know the contents and purpose of this petition and that I signed this petition only once and of my own free will."
    • Nominating petitions must include the following oath: "I solemnly swear (or affirm) that I know the contents and purpose of this petition, that I do not intend to vote at the primary election for the office for which this nominating petition is made, and that I signed the petition of my own free will."[2][3]
  • Each page of a petition must include the following statement immediately above the signature lines: "All information must be filled in by person(s) signing the petition unless disability prevents the person(s) from doing so."
  • Each page of a petition must include no more than 10 signature lines. Signature lines must be consecutively numbered and must include space for inclusion of the date of the signature, the signer's year of birth, printed name, and residential address.
  • Each page of a petition must include the following statement: "All information on this petition is subject to public inspection."

Signature requirements

The person signing any petition must complete the signature date, name, year of birth, and residential address lines on the petition. A person who is physically unable to complete the petition fields may ask another person for assistance.[6]

Only individuals who are eligible to vote for the candidate being nominated may sign a nominating petition or a petition submitted in lieu of filing fees. Petitions may only be signed during the candidate filing period. Signatures do not have to be notarized or certified.[2][3][7]

Circulator requirements

The relevant statutes and administrative rules do not stipulate requirements that petition circulators must meet.[8]