Individuals interested in running for most public offices in Minnesota in 2014 have less than a month to file during the official candidate filing period which starts Tuesday, May 20 and runs through Tuesday, June 3.
Candidates for federal, state legislative, executive and judicial offices and county offices must file for office during this period for their name to appear on the ballot.
Candidates for city council, school board and township seats in Morrison County, will file between Tuesday, July 29 and Tuesday, Aug. 12.
This election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state constitutional officers and all Minnesota House seats.
The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.
In Morrison County, those candidates wishing to run for the following seats, must file May 20 – June 3: County commissioner seats in District 4 and 5; county attorney; county auditor/treasurer; county recorder; and county sheriff, as well as Soil and Water Conservation District supervisor seats in Districts 3 and 4.
Key election dates:
•May 20 – June 3 — Candidate filing period. Candidates running for partisan office need to file for office during this window of time. Visit the Secretary of State website for candidate filing information.
•Absentee ballots will be available Friday, June 27, for the Tuesday, Aug. 12 primary election.
•Preregistration deadline for Primary Election is Tuesday, July 22. Voters are encouraged to preregister to vote to avoid long lines and waiting at the polling place. Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on Primary Election Day, Aug. 12.
•Tuesday, Aug. 12 — primary election day.
•Friday, Sept. 19 — Absentee ballots will be available for the Tuesday, Nov. 4, general election.
•Tuesday, Oct. 14 — Pre-registration deadline for the general election. Voters are encouraged to preregister to vote to avoid long lines and waiting at the polling place. Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4.
•Nov. 4 — General Election Day.
Candidates can find guidelines for filing for office on the Secretary of State website, along with information on campaign finance, fair campaign practices and more at www.sos.state.mn.us.
Candidates for local offices should contact their county auditor, municipal clerk or school clerk for additional information.