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Filing period for November elections begins Tuesday in Minnesota

Filing opens today in Minnesota for those interested in running for elective office in November.

The filing period runs through June 3. The DFL and Republican conventions aren’t held until the end of this month, so there may be many filings coming in on the late end of the period.

Wondering where to file (although, if you have to ask, maybe more homework is needed before filing)? The Secretary of State’s office says:

  • Candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress must file with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  • Candidates for State House of Representatives, constitutional offices or judicial offices may file either with the secretary of state or in their county of residence.
  • Candidates for county office must file with their county auditor.
  • Municipal candidates must file with their municipal clerk.
  • School district candidates must file with their school district clerk.

Requirements for the offices are listed on the SOS website. For example, to run for U.S. Senator, a candidate “must live in Minnesota when elected; have not filed for more than one office for the upcoming primary or general election; be at least 30 years old and a U.S. citizen for at least nine years on January 3, 2015.”

To run for Congress or governor you have to be at least 25 on Jan. 3; for the state Legislature it’s 21 years old.

Primary Election Day, for those races where one is needed, is Aug. 12, and General Election Day is Nov. 4.

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