File for office

Filing for office is how you get your name on a ballot. Requirements vary depending on: the office you are running for, whether the office is partisan or non-partisan, and whether you are running as a member of a major political party.

When you file, you will receive a packet with standard candidate filing information and possibly information particular to your jurisdiction and office as well.

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Special Election – State Representative District 60A

The governor has issued a Writ of Special Election to fill a vacancy in House District 60A. The vacancy was caused by the passing of Representative Diane Loeffler on November 16, 2019. House District 60A represents much of northeast Minneapolis in Hennepin County.

File for House District 60A

File for this office either at the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State in Saint Paul or at the Hennepin County Elections office.

  • Candidate Filing Period: December 3, 2019 to December 10, 2019 (until 5:00pm)
  • Withdrawal Period: ends December 11, 2019 (at 5:00pm)

Election Dates

  • Special Primary: January 21, 2020
  • Special Election: February 4, 2020

Absentee voting

In-person

Vote absentee for the special election on the skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center during the following dates and times.

December 17, 2019 - January 17, 2020 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
January 18, 2020 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
January 20, 2020  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
January 28, 2020 - January 31, 2020 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
February 1, 2020 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
February 3, 2020 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 

In-person absentee voting is also available at the City of Minneapolis Elections office. Find location and hour information on the Minneapolis Special Election House District 60A page 

By mail

Offices on the 2020 ballot

This list of offices is subject to change. (Last updated 12/2/2019)

Special election – February 4, 2020

State Representative District 60A (potential primary 1/21/2020)

General election – November 3, 2020

Federal offices – all potential primary

  • President and Vice President (potential primary 3/2/2020)
  • United States Senator (potential primary 8/11/2020)
  • United States Representative for Districts 3, 5 and 6 (potential primary 8/11/2020)

State offices – all potential primary

  • State Senator for Districts 29, 30, 33, 34, 36, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46, 48, 49, 50, 59, 60, 61, 62 and 63
  • State Representative for Districts 29A, 30B, 33A, 33B, 34A, 34B, 36A, 36B, 40A, 40B, 41B, 44A, 44B, 45A, 45B, 46A, 46B, 48A, 48B, 49A, 49B, 50A, 50B, 59A, 59B, 60A, 60B, 61A, 61B, 62A, 62B, 63A and 63B

County offices – all potential primary

  • County Commissioner for Districts 1, 5, 6 and 7
  • Park Commissioner for Districts 1, 3 and 5 of the Three Rivers Park District

City offices

  • Brooklyn Center – 2 Council Members - potential primary
  • Brooklyn Park – Council Member Central, East and West Districts – potential primary
  • Champlin – Council Members Wards 3 and 4
  • Chanhassen – 2 Council Members
  • Corcoran – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Crystal – Mayor, Council Member Section I, Council Member Wards 3 and 4 – potential primary
  • Dayton – Mayor, 2 Council Members – potential primary
  • Deephaven – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Eden Prairie – 2 Council Members
  • Edina – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Excelsior – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Greenfield – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Greenwood – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Hanover – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Long Lake – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Loretto – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Maple Grove – 2 Council Members
  • Maple Plain – 2 Council Members
  • Medicine Lake – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Medina – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Minnetonka Beach – Mayor, 2 Council Members, Treasurer
  • Minnetrista – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Mound – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • New Hope – Mayor, 2 Council Members – potential primary
  • Orono – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Osseo – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Plymouth – Council Member at Large, Council Member Wards 1 and 3
  • Richfield – Council Members Wards 1 and 3 – potential Primary
  • Robbinsdale – Mayor, Council Member Wards 1 and 2 – potential primary
  • Rockford – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Rogers – Mayor, 2 Council Members – potential primary
  • Shorewood – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Spring Park – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • St. Bonifacius – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Tonka Bay – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Wayzata – Mayor, 2 Council Members
  • Woodland – Mayor, 2 Council Members

School district offices

  • SSD 1 Minneapolis – School Board Members at Large, School Board Members District 2, 4 and 6 – potential primary
  • ISD 110 Waconia – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 111 Watertown-Mayer – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 272 Eden Prairie – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 279 Osseo – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 281 Robbinsdale – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 286 Brooklyn Center – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 728 Elk River – 3 School Board Members at Large
  • ISD 877 Buffalo – 4 School Board Members
  • ISD 879 Delano – 3 School Board Members
  • ISD 883 Rockford – 3 School Board Members

Judicial offices – all potential primary

The full list of judicial offices will be added soon.

Affidavit of candidacy and nominating petitions

Complete the affidavit of candidacy

In order to file for office, you need to fill out an affidavit of candidacy (PDF). See the Where to file section of this page to learn where to file the affidavit.

Complete a nominating petition

If you are running as a member of a major political party or for a nonpartisan office, you do not need to file a nominating petition.

If you are running for a partisan office but not as a member of a major political party, then you must file a nominating petition (PDF) with the required number of signatures. The number of signatures you need depends on what office you are running for. For county or legislative offices, you need 500 signatures. The signatures must be of eligible voters who live in the district, and you must obtain the signatures during the filing period.

Filing dates

2020

Filing period Applicable offices Filing opens Filing closes Withdrawal deadline
Early filing
  • Federal offices
  • State offices
  • Judicial offices
  • County offices

City offices if primary possible:

  • Brooklyn Center
  • Brooklyn Park
  • Crystal
  • Dayton
  • New Hope
  • Richfield
  • Robbinsdale
  • Rogers

School district offices if primary possible:

  • Minneapolis SSD 1
May 19 June 2 June 4
Late filing

If primary is not possible:

City offices

  • Champlin
  • Chanhassen
  • Corcoran
  • Deephaven
  • Eden Prairie
  • Edina
  • Excelsior
  • Greenfield
  • Greenwood
  • Hanover
  • Long Lake
  • Loretto
  • Maple Grove
  • Maple Plain
  • Medicine Lake
  • Medina
  • Minnetonka Beach
  • Minnetrista
  • Mound
  • Orono
  • Osseo
  • Plymouth
  • Rockford
  • Shorewood
  • Spring Park
  • St. Bonifacius
  • Tonka Bay
  • Wayzata
  • Woodland

School district offices

  • ISD 110 Waconia
  • ISD 111 Watertown-Mayer
  • ISD 272 Eden Prairie
  • ISD 279 Osseo
  • ISD 281 Robbinsdale
  • ISD 286 Brooklyn Center
  • ISD 728 Elk River
  • ISD 877 Buffalo
  • ISD 879 Delano
  • ISD 883 Rockford
July 28 August 11 August 13
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