Minnesota signature requirements

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This page details Minnesota signature requirements. The signatures of registered voters are often required to place candidates or initiatives on the ballot. However, for candidates, filing fees are sometimes required or accepted in lieu of signatures.

Federal offices

U.S. Senate

Partisan candidates for Senate must pay a filing fee of $400 and an affidavit of candidacy.[1] In lieu of the filing fee, candidates may submit nominating petitions with 2,000 signatures for Senate.[2]

Independent candidates for Senate must submit 2,000 signatures and an affidavit of candidacy.[3] In lieu of the signatures, candidates may pay a $400 filing fee.[3] Candidates have the option of combining the nominating petition and petition in place of Filing Fee.[4] In order to do so, it may clearly state that it is a combined nominating petition and petition in place of Filing Fee.[4]

U.S. House

Partisan candidates for House must pay a filing fee of $300 and an affidavit of candidacy.[1] In lieu of the filing fee, candidates may submit nominating petitions with 1,000 signatures for House.[2]

Independent candidates for House must submit 1,000 signatures and an affidavit of candidacy.[3] In lieu of the signatures, candidates may pay a $300 filing fee.[3] Candidates have the option of combining the nominating petition and petition in place of Filing Fee.[4] In order to do so, it may clearly state that it is a combined nominating petition and petition in place of Filing Fee.[4]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 U.S. Congress elections

Partisan candidates for Senate and House must submit either filing fee or nominating petitions and an affidavit of candidacy by June 5, 2012.[2]

Independent candidates for Senate and House must submit either filing fee or nominating petitions and and affidavit of candidacy by

State offices

Statewide executive offices

State legislature

Partisan candidates for State Senate and State House must pay a filing fee of $100 and an affidavit of candidacy.[1] In lieu of the filing fee, candidates may submit nominating petitions with 500 signatures for State Senate or State House.[2]

Filing deadlines

2012

See also: Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state government elections

Partisan candidates for State Senate and State House must submit either filing fee or nominating petitions and and an affidavit of candidacy by June 5, 2012.[2]

Ballot measures

See also: Minnesota 2012 ballot measures
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List of measures
Minnesota ballot measures come in only one variety. That is:

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Minnesota Secretary of State "Filing Fees" Accessed April 25, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 [www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4262 Minnesota Secretary of State "Major party candidates guide" Accessed April 25, 2012]
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 [www.sos.state.mn.us/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=4263 Minnesota Secretary of State "Independent Candidate Guide" Accessed April 25, 2012]
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Minnesota Secretary of State "Petition in Place of Filing Fee" Accessed April 25, 2012