Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Minnesota

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This page contains extensive information about ballot access requirements for state and federal candidates running for elected office in the state of Minnesota. Offices included are:

This page also contains information on specific filing dates each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Minnesota. Information on running for election to county and municipal offices are not included.

Year-specific dates

2014

Minnesota will have a primary election on August 12, 2014 and a general election on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect candidates to serve in the following state and federal offices:

The candidate filing deadline for the 2014 elections is June 3, 2014.[1] The filing deadline to create a new political party for the 2014 elections is also June 3, 2014.[2]

Deadline Event
June 3, 2014 Filing deadline for candidates and new political parties
August 12, 2014 Primary election date
November 4, 2014 General election

Political parties

As of November 2013, there are five recognized political parties in Minnesota.[3]

Party Website link By-laws/Platform link
Libertarian http://www.lpmn.org/ Party platform
Grassroots Party http://mngreens.org/ Party platform
Republican http://mngop.com/ Party platform
Indepedence Party http://www.mnip.org/ Party platform
Democratic Farmer Labor Party http://www.dfl.org/ Party platform

Election-related agencies

Candidates running for office will require some form of interaction with the following agencies:

Minnesota Secretary of State
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155-1299
Telephone: 651.215.1440
Toll Free: 1.877.600.VOTE (8683)
Fax: 651.296.9073
Email: elections.dept@state.mn.us
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/

Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board
190 Centennial Office Building
658 Cedar Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55155-1603
Telephone: 651-539-1180
Toll Free: (651) 539-1188
Fax: (651) 539-1196
Email: cf.board@state.mn.us
http://www.cfboard.state.mn.us/

Counties

Candidates must file a number of documents with the county elections office in the county they reside in. Individual county contact information can be found below.

California County Contact Information
County Email Phone Secondary Phone Fax Website Physical Address Mailing Address
Aitkin County Auditor kpeysar@co.aitkin.mn.us 218-927-7354 218-927-7324 link 209 2nd St NW, Room 202, Aitkin, MN 56431
Anoka County Auditor proptax@co.anoka.mn.us 763-323-5400 link Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303
Becker County Auditor rltange@co.becker.mn.us 218-846-7311 218-846-7257 link 915 Lake Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501
Beltrami County Auditor jodee.treat@co.beltrami.mn.us 218-333-4175 218-333-4246 link County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. NW Suite 220, Bemidji, MN 56601
Benton County Auditor karri.thorsten@co.benton.mn.us (320) 968-5006 (320) 968-5337 link 531 Dewey Street, Foley, MN 56329 P.O. Box 129, Foley, MN 56329
Big Stone County Auditor Michelle.Knutson@co.big-stone.mn.us (320) 839-6366 (320) 839-6370 link 20 SE Second St, Suite 103, Ortonville, MN 56278
Blue Earth County Auditor/Elections Department licensecenterinfo@blueearthcounty.gov (507) 304-4341 link Blue Earth County Government Center, 410 S. Fifth St., Mankato, MN 56001
Brown County Minnesota Auditor auditor1@co.brown.mn.us (507) 233-6613 (507) 359-1430 link 14 S State St, New Ulm, MN 56073
Carlton County Auditor 218-384-9127 218-384-9116 link County Courthouse, Room 205, 301 Walnut Avenue, Carlton, MN 55718
Carver County Auditor/Taxpayer Services Department elections@co.carver.mn.us (952) 361-1910 (952) 361-1566 link 600 East 4th Street, Chaska, MN 55318-2102
Cass County Auditor sharon.k.anderson@co.cass.mn.us 218-547-7275 218-547-7278 link Courthouse Annex, 2nd Floor, 303 Minnesota Avenue W, PO Box 3000, Walker, MN 56484-3000
Chippewa County Auditor 320-269-7447 320-269-7412 link 629 North Eleventh Street, Montevideo, MN 56265
Chisago County Auditor auditor@co.chisago.mn.us 651-213-8500 651-213-8510 link Dennis J Freed, County Auditor, 313 N Main St Room 271, Center City MN 55012-7656
Clay County Auditor auditor@co.clay.mn.us 218.299.5006 218.299.5195 link Clay County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, 807 11th Street North, Moorhead, MN 56560
Clearwater County Auditor allen.paulson@co.clearwater.mn.us 218.694.6520 218.694.6244 link Courthouse, Second Floor, 213 Main Avenue North, Dept. 202, Bagley, MN 56621-8304
Cook County Auditor braidy.powers@co.cook.mn.us (218)387-3640 218-387-3043 link Cook County Courthouse, 411 W. 2nd Street, Grand Marais, MN 55604
Cottonwood County Auditor jan.h.johnson@co.cottonwood.mn.us 507-831-1342 507-831-1905 507-831-4553 link 900 3rd Ave., Windom, MN 56101
Crow Wing County Auditor laureen.borden@co.crow-wing.mn.us (218) 824-1045 (218) 824-1303 (218) 824-1046 link Historic Courthouse, 326 Laurel St., Suite 22, Brainerd, MN 56401
Dakota County Auditor 651-438-4305 651-438-4418 link Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings, MN 55033-2372​
Dodge County Auditor dodge.admin@co.dodge.mn.us (507) 635-6239 (507) 635-6265 link Dodge County Courthouse, 22 6th Street East, Dept. 31, Mantorville, MN 55955-2200
Douglas County Auditor vicki.doehling@mail.co.douglas.mn.us 320-762-3077 320-762-2389 link 305 8th Ave W, Alexandria MN 56308
Faribault County Auditor john.thompson@co.faribault.mn.us 507-526-6211 507-526-6290 link 412 N Nicollet St, Blue Earth, MN 56013
Fillmore County Auditor sboelter@co.fillmore.mn.us (507) 765-3811 (507) 765-4701 (507) 765-2662 link 101 Fillmore Street, Preston, MN 55965 PO Box 466, Preston, MN 55965
Freeborn County Auditor pat.martinson@co.freeborn.mn.us (507) 377-5121. (507) 377-5175. link 411 South Broadway Avenue, Albert Lea, MN 56007 PO Box 1147, Albert Lea, MN 56007
Goodhue County Auditor 651-385-3032 651-385-3196 link 509 W. 5th Street, Red Wing, MN 55066
Grant County Auditor auditor@co.grant.mn.us 218-685-8236 218-685-4521 link 10 2nd Street NE, Elbow Lake, MN 56531-4400
Hennepin County Auditor hc.vote@co.hennepin.mn.us 612-348-5151 612-348-2151 link 012 PSL Level Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487
Houston County Auditor char.meiners@co.houston.mn.us (507) 725-5803 (507) 725-2647 304 S. Marsahll Street, Caledonia, MN 55921
Hubbard County Auditor pheeren@co.hubbard.mn.us 218-732-3196 Hubbard County Courthouse, 301 Court Ave., Park Rapids, MN 56470
Isanti County Auditor terry.treichel@co.isanti.mn.us 763-689-1644 763-689-8210 Isanti County Government Center, 555 18th Avenue S.W., Cambridge, MN 55008
Itasca County Auditor jeff.walker@co.itasca.mn.us (218) 327-2860 (218) 327-7426 123 NE 4th St. Grand Rapids MN 55744-2600
Jackson County Auditor kevin.nordquist@co.jackson.mn.us (507) 847-2763 405 4th St, Jackson MN 56143
Kanabec County Auditor (320) 679-6430 (320) 679-6431 18 Vine St N, Ste 261A, Mora, MN 55051-1384
Kandiyohi County Auditor 320-231-6202 link 400 Benson Avenue SW, Willmar, MN 56201
Kittson County Auditor (218) 843-2655 link 410 5th St. SE., Suite 214. Hallock, MN
Koochiching County Auditor bob.peterson@co.koochiching.mn.us 218 283-1112 link Koochiching County Courthouse, 715 Fourth Street International Falls, Minnesota 56649
La Qui Parle County Auditor auditor-treasurer@lqpco.com (320) 598-7444 (320) 598-3125 link Lac qui Parle County Courthouse, 600 West 6th Street,Madison, MN 56256
Lake County Auditor elections@co.lake.mn.us 218-834-8473 218-834-8358 link 601 Third Avenue, Two Harbors, MN 55616
Lake of Woods County Auditor mark_h@co.lake-of-the-woods.mn.us 218-634-2836 link 206 8th Ave SE Suite #260, Baudette, MN 56623
Le Sueur County Auditor (507) 357-2251 link Le Sueur County Treasurer, 88 South Park Ave., Le Center, MN 56057
Lincoln County Auditor auditor@co.lincoln.mn.us 507-694-1529 507-694-1198 link Lincoln County Courthouse, 319 N. Rebecca, PO Box 29, Ivanhoe, MN 56142
Lyon County Auditor E.J.Moberg@co.lyon.mn.us (507) 537-6724 (507) 537-6091 link 607 West Main Street, Marshall, MN 56258
McLeod County Auditor cindy.schultz@co.mcleod.mn.us 320-864-1260 320-864-3268 link Cindy Schultz, Auditor-Treasurer, 2391 Hennepin Ave N, Glencoe, MN 55336
Mahnomen County Auditor frank.thompson@co.mahnomen.mn.us 218-935-5669 218-936-5656 link PO Box 379, Mahnomen MN 56557
Marshall County Audtior (218) 745-4851 link 208 E. Colvin Ave., Suite 11 Warren MN 56762
Martin County Auditor james.forshee@co.martin.mn.us 507-238-3211 507-238-3266 link 201 Lake Avenue Fairmont, MN 56031
Meeker County Auditor barb.loch@co.meeker.mn.us 320-693-5212 320-693-5217 link Barbara Loch, Courthouse, Level 4, 325 Sibley Avenue North, Litchfield, MN 55355
Mille Lacs County Auditor phil.thompson@co.mille-lacs.mn.us 320-983-8310 888-840-8304 320-983-8336 link Historic Courthouse, 1st floor, 635 2nd Street SE, Milaca, MN 56353
Morrison County Auditor russn@co.morrison.mn.us 320-632-0130 320-632-0137 320-632-0139 link Upper Level - Administration Building, Morrison County Government Center, 213 - 1st Avenue SE, Little Falls, MN 56345
Mower County Auditor dougg@co.mower.mn.us (507) 437-9536 (507) 434-2646 link 201 1st Street NE, Austin MN 55912
Murray County Auditor hwinter@co.murray.mn.us 507-836-1152 (507)-836-6148 (507) 836-6114 link 2500 28th Street, PO Box 57, Slayton, MN 56172
Nicollet County Auditor info@co.nicollet.mn.us 507-934-0348 link Government Center, Second Floor, 501 South Minnesota Ave., St Peter, MN 56082
Nobles County Auditor bvanhove@co.nobles.mn.us (507) 295-5258 (507) 372-8390 link 315 Tenth St., PO Box 757, Worthington, MN 56187
Norman County Auditor (218) 784-5471 link 16 3rd Ave. E., PO Box 266 Ada,MN 56510
Olmsted County Property, Records & Licensing propertyweb@co.olmsted.mn.us 507 328-7670 507 328-7635 507 328-7964 link 151 4th St SE, Rochester, MN 55904
Otter Tail County Auditor (218) 998-8030 link Government Services Center, 510 Fir Ave W Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Pennington County Auditor (218) 683-7000 link 1st and Main, Box 616 Thief River Falls,MN 56701
Pine County Auditor 320-591-1670 800-450-7463 ext. 1670 link Cathy J. Clemmer, Pine County Auditor-Treasurer, 635 Northridge Dr. NW, Suite 240, Pine City, MN 55063
Pipestone County Auditor tyler.reisch@co.pipestone.mn.us 507-825-6740 507-825-6741 link Tyler Reisch, County Auditor, 416 S. Hiawatha Ave, Pipestone, MN 56164
Polk County Auditor (218) 281-2554 link 612 N. Broadway, Suite 207 Crookston,MN 56716
Pope County Auditor GroupWebAuditor-Treasurer@co.pope.mn.us (320)634-7706 (320) 634-5705 (320) 634-3087 link 130 East Minnesota Avenue, Glenwood, MN 56334
Ramsey County Elections elections@co.ramsey.mn.us 651-266-2171 651-266-2177 link 90 West Plato Boulevard, St. Paul, MN
Red Lake County Auditor (218) 253-2598 link County Courthouse Red Lake Falls, MN 56750 PO Box 367 Red Lake Falls, MN 56750
Redwood County Auditor jean_p@co.redwood.mn.us 507-637-4013 507-637-4072 link Redwood County Government Center, 403 South Mill Street, Redwood Falls, MN 56283 P.O. Box 130, Redwood Falls, MN 56283
Renville County Auditor larry_j@co.renville.mn.us 320-523-2071 320-523-3679 link Renville County Courthouse, 500 E. DePue Ave. - Ste 202, Olivia, MN 56277-3005
Rice County Auditor RCAuditor@co.rice.mn.us 507-332-6104 507-645-9576 link 320 3rd Street NW, Faribault, MN 55021
Rock County Auditor ashley.kurtz@co.rock.mn.us 507-283-5060 507-283-1343 link 204 E. Brown Street, Luverne, MN 56156 PO Box 509, Luverne, MN 56156
Roseau County Auditor martie@co.roseau.mn.us 218-463-1282 218-463-4283 link Martha (Martie) Monsrud, 606 5th Ave SW, Room 160, Roseau, Minnesota 56751
St. Louis County Auditor dicklichd@stlouiscountymn.gov 218-726-2380 218-726-2380 218-725-5060 link 100 N 5th Ave W, Duluth, MN 55802
Scott County Elections (952) 496-8560 (952) 496-8161 (952) 496-8174 link Government Center Contact, 200 Fourth Ave, West Shakopee, MN 55379
Sherburne County Auditor elections@co.sherburne.mn.us 763-765-4351 800-438-0576 763-765-4400 link Sherburne County Govt Center, 13880 Business Center Dr. NW, Elk River, MN 55330-1692
Sibley County Auditor elections@co.sibley.mn.us (507) 237-4070 link 400 Court Avenue, PO Box 171, Gaylord, MN 55334
Stearns County Auditor auditor@co.stearns.mn.us 320-656-3900 320-656-3916 link 705 Courthouse Square Room 148, St. Cloud, MN 56303-4701
Steele County Auditor auditor@co.steele.mn.us 507-444-7410 507-444-7470 link 630 Florence Ave, Owatonna, MN 55060-2913
Stevens County Auditor neilwiese@co.stevens.mn.us (320) 208-6570 link 400 Colorado Ave, Suite 303, Morris, MN 56267
Swift County Auditor kim.saterbak@co.swift.mn.us (320) 843-4069 (320) 843-2275 link Courthouse, 301 14th Street N, Benson, MN 56215 P.O. Box 288, Benson, MN 56215
Todd County Auditor karen.busch@co.todd.mn.us (320) 732-4473 link 215 1st Avenue South, Suite 201, Long Prairie, MN 56347
Traverse County Auditor kit.johnson@co.traverse.mn.us (320) 563-4242 (320) 563-4616 (320) 563-4424 link 702 2nd Ave N Wheaton, MN 56296 P. O. Box 428, Wheaton, MN 56296
Wabasha County Auditor danderson@co.wabasha.mn.us (651)-565-2648 (651)-565-2774 link 625 Jefferson Avenue, Wabasha, MN 55981
Wadena County Auditor judy.taves@co.wadena.mn.us 218-631-7784 link 415 Jefferson St So, Wadena, MN 56482
Waseca County Auditor joyce.oliver@co.waseca.mn.us (507) 835-0610 (507) 835-0633 link 307 N. State St., Waseca, MN 56093
Washington County Elections Division elections@co.washington.mn.us 651-430-6175 link 14949 62nd Street N., Stillwater, MN 55082
Watonwan County Auditor Don.Kuhlman@co.watonwan.mn.us (507) 375-1210 (507) 375-3547 link Watonwan County Courthouse, 710 Second Ave. S., St. James, MN 56081 P.O. Box 518, St. James, MN 56081
Wilkin County Auditor wbezenek@co.wilkin.mn.us 218-643-7165 218-643-7169 link 1st Floor, Courthouse, 300 5th St. S., Breckenridge, MN P.O. Box 409, Breckenridge, MN 56520-0409
Winona County Auditor pmoga@co.winona.mn.us (507) 457-8830 (507) 457-6454 link 177 Main Street, Winona, MN 55987
Wright County Auditor (763) 682-7578 (763) 682-7873 link 10 - 2nd Street NW, Room 230, Buffalo, MN 55313-1195
Yellow Medicine County 320-564-3132 320-564-3670 link 415 9th Ave., Suite 102, Granite Falls, MN 56241

Term limits

State executives

Portal:State Executive Officials

Minnesota does not place term limits on state executives.

State legislatures

Minnesota does not place term limits on state legislators.

Congressional partisanship

Portal:Congress

Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Minnesota:

Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Minnesota
Party U.S. Senate U.S. House Total
     Democratic Party 2 5 7
     Republican Party 0 3 3
TOTALS as of October 2014 2 8 10

State legislative partisanship

Portal:State legislatures

Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Minnesota:

State Senate

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 39
     Republican Party 28
Total 67

State house

Party As of October 2014
     Democratic Party 73
     Republican Party 61
Total 134

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