Candidate filing period begins May 22

Candidates filing for federal and state offices at the secretary of state’s office can do so now that the filing period begins today, Tuesday, May 22.

Federal candidates must file with the Secretary of state’s office. Candidates for state office, including legislative candidates, may file with the secretary of state or in their county of residence. Candidates for county office must file with their county auditor. The filing period for city and school district candidates varies.

Candidates may file from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Secretary of State’s office located in room 180, State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul. The office will be open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, the last day of the candidate filing period.

Additional candidate filing information, forms and instructions are available on the office website at:  Candidates for local offices should contact their county auditor, municipal clerk, or school district clerk for additional information.

Beginning May 22 the Office of the Secretary of State will post a listing of candidates who have filed for office on its website at This listing will include local candidates if those jurisdictions provide filing information to this office.