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State, County, Municipal and School District Offices - 2020 Elections

***2020 candidate filing information is available at the MN Secretary of State's candidate filing page
State and Judicial Offices
File at Anoka County Elections office or with MN Secretary of State
Anoka County Offices
File at Anoka County Elections office. More information provided below.
Municipal/Township Offices
File at city/township hall
School District Offices
File at school district office
Information on filing for State, City, Township, School District, and Special Offices can be found HERE at the Office of Secretary of State website.

Filing Details for County Offices

All candidates must file their Affidavit of Candidacy during the filing period which runs from Tuesday, May 19, 2020 through Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Office hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (exception: filing will continue until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2). Note that our office will be closed on Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. Candidates who will be absent from the state during the filing period may arrange with the Anoka County Office of Elections and Voter Registration to file prior to departure.
Filing Location: ​
​Anoka County Elections and Voter Registration
​​2100 3rd Ave, Suite W130 ​
​Anoka MN 55303
Filing Fee:
Candidates must pay a filing fee at the time they file Affidavit of Candidacy. Candidates who provide the filing fee by check or other instrument for which sufficient funds are not available will have their names removed from the ballot and are liable for all costs incurred by election officials in removing their names from the ballot. ​
Petition in Lieu of Filing Fee:
Candidates may file a petition in place of the filing fee. Sample forms and information about the number of required signatures on a petition that replaces the filing fee are available from the filing officer.

Affidavit of Candidacy

All candidates must file an Affidavit of Candidacy for office. Candidates must state that the name listed on their affidavit is their true name by which they are commonly known in the community. A candidate phone number is required. Affidavits must be signed in the presence of a notary or an individual authorized to administer oaths. Staff of the Anoka County Elections Office can perform this function free of charge.
Candidate Withdrawal
If after filing you decide you no longer wish to run for office, you must file an Affidavit of Withdrawal  no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020. The names of all candidates who do not file an Affidavit of Withdrawal before the deadline will appear on the ballot – no exceptions. The filing fee is non-refundable.
Candidate Information
The Election Candidate Information Form  produced by the Secretary of State. Completion of the form is voluntary. If provided, the completed form will be posted on the website of the MN Secretary of State. Be advised that subsequent changes to that information may be made, but may not appear for 2-3 days after submission to this office. Please review all information carefully to ensure contact numbers, email addresses, etc. are correct at the time of filing.

Qualifications For Office

Candidates must be:
•At least 21 years of age upon assuming office;
​•Resident of the district for at least 30 days before the general election; and
•Eligible to vote (citizen of U.S., residence in MN for 20 days, not convicted of a felony without having civil rights restored, not under guardianship of the person where have not retained the right to vote, not found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote);
•Not filed for the same or any other office at the upcoming primary or general election (exception: soil and water conservation district supervisor - Minnesota Statute 204B.06)
•Candidates for County Attorney must be licensed to practice law in Minnesota
•Candidates for County Sheriff must be licensed Peace Officers in Minnesota