How to File for Office

Current Candidate Filings

Olmsted County
City of Rochester
Rochester School District

2020 Campaign Filing Packet

The Secretary of State has a complete list of forms provided to candidates who file for office. To view the campaign filing packet, go to the Secretary of States website.

affidavit-of-candidacy.pdf (175KB)

2020 Candidate Filing Periods

Candidates for office may file from May 19, 2020 until June 2, 2020 at 5 PM.


You may file electronically.  Submit your affidavit of candidacy to:

Call 507-328-7377 for payment.  If you reach voicemail, please leave your name and number only and we will return your call for payment processing.

Filing In Person

You may also file in person at the Government Center:

151 4th St. SE  
Rochester, MN 55904

Filing By Mail

You may mail your affidavit of candidacy along with a check or money order for the amount of the filing fee to:

Olmsted County Election Division
151 4th St. SE  
Rochester, MN 55904

It must be received (not post marked) prior to the end of the filing period.

Candidate Qualifications

All Candidates

  • Must be eligible to vote in Minnesota
  • Must have not filed for another office at the upcoming primary or general election
  • Must be 21 years of age or more upon assuming office
  • Must have maintained residence in their district* for at least 30 days before the general election

Candidates for federal office are exempt; see Additional Qualifications for Specific Offices

Become a Candidate 

Candidates are placed on a ballot in Minnesota after they file for office. Go to the Secretary of States website for a complete guide.