Filing for Office

Filing for office is the process by which a candidate's name gets placed on the ballot. These requirements vary depending on several factors, including: 1) the office sought; 2) whether or not it is a partisan office or non-partisan office; and 3) whether the candidate is running as a member of a Major Political Party, a Minor Political Party, a member of some other political party, or as an independent.
  
Candidate Filing Information 
Access the Secretary of State's candidate filing page to see a listing of candidates that have filed to date. 
 

Dates for Candidate Filing Period

 
Candidate filing for the August 9, 2016 primary ballot will be open from May 17-31 during normal office hours. Candidate filing for the November 8, 2016 general election will be open from August 2-16. Note that all candidate filings must be received by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 31. The deadline for withdrawal is Thursday, June 2 at 5:00 pm.
 

Candidate Filing Locations and Times



County Candidates
Affidavits of Candidacy for the following offices are to be filed at the Anoka County Elections Office, 325 East Main St, Suite 130, Anoka, MN, 55303-5031. Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and we will be open until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31st, and until 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 2nd. Please note our offices will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016.
• County Commissioner District 1, 2, 3, and 6
• Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Districts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

State and Judicial Candidates
Candidates filing for state and judicial offices listed below can file for office in the county in which they reside OR at the Office of the Secretary of State. We encourage all state and judicial candidates that reside in Anoka County to take advantage of our convenient location and file Affidavits of Candidacy at the Anoka County Elections Office, 325 East Main St, Suite 130, Anoka, MN, 55303-5031. Our regular office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, and we will be open until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31st, and until 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 2nd. Please note our offices will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016.
 
• Supreme Court Associate Justice 6
• Court of Appeals Judge, Seats 5, 8, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19
• State Senator District 31, 35, 36, 37, 38, 41
• State Representative District 31A, 31B, 35A, 35B, 36A, 36B, 37A, 37B, 38A, 41A, 41B
• District Court Judge District 10, Seats 2, 3, 8, 13, 18, 19, 20, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 40, 41, 42, 44, 45

Filing Locations and Times – Municipal and School District Candidates
Candidates for city and school offices should file with their respective city or school clerk. 
  

Forms Required for Candidate Filing


Copies of the forms and materials listed here will be included in your campaign filing packet for your convenience. Note that you may need to complete multiple copies of some attachments. Please reproduce as needed. Many attachments are available on the website of the Minnesota Secretary of State at www.sos.state.mn.us.
  
2016 Candidate Filing Packet 
 
Affidavits of Candidacy for Anoka County Offices are to be filed at Anoka County Elections, 325 East Main St, Suite W130, Anoka, MN 55303-5031
    
Candidate Filing Packet - Download the pdfs below or stop by the Anoka County offices for hard copies
County Campaign Filing Packet Summary 2016
Affidavit of Candidacy
Address of Residence Form
Candidate Name Pronunciation Form
Election Candidate Information Form
Affidavit of Withdrawal Form
Campaign Financial Report
Campaign Financial Report Certification of Filing
IRS Tax Filing Requirements for Candidates
Anoka County Election District Maps
Anoka County GIS Fee Schedule
Secretary of State Map order form
Secretary of State Precinct Finder Request
Secretary of State Polling Place List Request
Secretary of State Accepted Absentee Ballot List Request Form
Secretary of State Voter Information Request
Voter Registration Application
Minnesota Automatic Dialing-Announcing Device Law
Anoka County Campaign Signs
Campaign Sign Memo from MNDot
Campaign Signs - Recycle Information
     
Campaign Manual
       
2016 Candidate Filing Packet - State & Judicial Offices

Affidavits of Candidacy for State and Judicial offices may be filed at Secretary of State, 180 State Office Building, 100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55155-1299 or Anoka County Elections, 325 East Main St, Suite W130, Anoka, MN 55303-5031.
      
For detailed information on documents for state candidate filing please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website.