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{{Signature VNT}}{{tnr}}This page details '''Minnesota signature requirements.''' In many states, the [[Signature requirements|signatures of registered voters]] must be collected to place candidates or initiatives on the ballot. However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures.
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==Federal offices==
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In many states, the [[Signature requirements|signatures of registered voters]] must be collected to place '''candidates or initiatives on the ballot.''' However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures. The requirements and laws governing signatures is complicated and varied from state-to-state. We have created two distinct pages detailing signature requirements in all 50 states, based on whether the signature are for [[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Minnesota|candidates]] or [[Signature requirements for ballot measures in Minnesota|ballot measures]].
===U.S. Senate===
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Partisan candidates for [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] must pay a filing fee of $400 and file an affidavit of candidacy.<ref name="fee">[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=895 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'' "Filing Fees" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> In lieu of the filing fee, candidates may submit nominating petitions with 2,000 signatures.<ref name="major">[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4262 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'' "Major party candidates guide" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
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Independent candidates for [[U.S. Senate|Senate]] must submit 2,000 signatures and file an affidavit of candidacy.<ref name="ind">[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4263 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'' "Independent Candidate Guide" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> In lieu of the signatures, candidates may pay a $400 filing fee.<ref name="ind"/> Candidates have the option of combining the nominating petition and petition in place of Filing Fee.<ref name="petition">[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=896 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'' "Petition in Place of Filing Fee" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> In order to do so, it may clearly state that it is a combined nominating petition and petition in place of Filing Fee.<ref name="petition"/>
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''Note: For detailed information on '''signature requirements''' for [[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Minnesota|candidates]] and [[Signature requirements for ballot measures in Minnesota|ballot measures]], click on the links below.''
  
===U.S. House===
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*[[Signature requirements for ballot measures in Minnesota]]
Partisan candidates for [[U.S. House|House]] must pay a filing fee of $300 and file an affidavit of candidacy.<ref name="fee"/> In lieu of the filing fee, candidates may submit nominating petitions with 1,000 signatures for [[U.S. House|House]].<ref name="major"/>
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*[[Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Minnesota]]
 
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Independent candidates for [[U.S. House|House]] must submit 1,000 signatures and file an affidavit of candidacy.<ref name="ind">[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4263 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'' "Independent Candidate Guide" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> In lieu of the signatures, candidates may pay a $300 filing fee.<ref name="ind"/> Candidates have the option of combining the nominating petition and petition in place of Filing Fee.<ref name="petition">[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=896 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'' "Petition in Place of Filing Fee" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> In order to do so, it may clearly state that it is a combined nominating petition and petition in place of Filing Fee.<ref name="petition"/>
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===Filing deadlines===
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::''See also: [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2014 U.S. Congress elections]]''
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Partisan and independent candidates for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] must submit either filing fees or nominating petitions and file an affidavit of candidacy by June 3, 2014.<ref>[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1573 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'' "Filing for Office," Accessed December 27, 2013]</ref>
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====2012====
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::''See also: [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections]]''
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Partisan candidates for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] had to submit either filing fees or nominating petitions and file an affidavit of candidacy by '''June 5, 2012.'''<ref name="major"/>
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Independent candidates for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] and [[U.S. House]] had to submit either filing fees or nominating petitions and file an affidavit of candidacy by '''June 5, 2012.'''<ref name="ind"/>
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==State offices==
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===Statewide executive offices===
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Minnesota had no [[State executive official elections, 2012|statewide executive offices]] on the ballot in 2012.
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===State legislature===
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Partisan candidates for [[Minnesota State Senate|State Senate]] and [[Minnesota House of Representatives|State House]] must pay a filing fee of $100 and file an affidavit of candidacy.<ref name="fee">[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=895 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'' "Filing Fees" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref> In lieu of the filing fee, candidates may submit nominating petitions with 500 signatures.<ref name="major">[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4262 ''Minnesota Secretary of State'' "Major party candidates guide" Accessed April 25, 2012]</ref>
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===Filing deadlines===
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::''See also: [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections]]''
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Partisan candidates for [[Minnesota State Senate|State Senate]] and [[Minnesota House of Representatives|State House]] had to submit either filing fees or nominating petitions and file an affidavit of candidacy by '''June 5, 2012.'''<ref name="major"/>
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Independent candidates for [[Minnesota State Senate|State Senate]] and [[Minnesota House of Representatives|State House]] had to submit either filing fees or nominating petitions and file an affidavit of candidacy by '''June 5, 2012.'''<ref name="ind"/>
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Minnesota had no [[State executive official elections, 2012|statewide executive offices]] on the ballot in 2012.
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==Ballot measures==
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::''See also: [[Minnesota 2012 ballot measures]]''
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{{mnlist}}'''Minnesota ballot measures''' come in only one variety.  That is:
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*{{lrcafull}} - A [[constitutional amendment]] that appears on a state's [[ballot]] as a [[ballot measure]] because the [[state legislature]] in that state voted to put it before the voters.
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==Elections in Minnesota by year==
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===2014===
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{{mn on the ballot 2014}}
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===2012===
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==See also==
 
==See also==
 
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*[[Minnesota elections, 2014]]
*[[State executive official elections, 2012]]
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*[[Minnesota elections, 2012]]
*[[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections]]
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{{election info}}
*[[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state legislative elections]]
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*[[Statewide elections, 2012]]
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*[[2012 election dates]]
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*[[Election results|Election result resources]]
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*[[Voter guides]]
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*[[State Blue Books]]
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==External links==
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*[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=895 Minnesota Filing Fees]
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*[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=1573 Filing Periods]
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*[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4262 Major Party Candidate Guide 2012]
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*[http://www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4263 Minor Party and Independent Candidate Guide 2012]
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==References==
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[[Category:Ballot measure law, Minnesota]]
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In many states, the signatures of registered voters must be collected to place candidates or initiatives on the ballot. However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures. The requirements and laws governing signatures is complicated and varied from state-to-state. We have created two distinct pages detailing signature requirements in all 50 states, based on whether the signature are for candidates or ballot measures.

Note: For detailed information on signature requirements for candidates and ballot measures, click on the links below.

Elections in Minnesota by year

2014

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2012

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