Minnesota Secretary of State

Employer / Organization


Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

May 17, 2022 - May 31, 2022


The Secretary of State for Minnesota is a constitutional office in the executive branch of state government in Minnesota. The secretary of state is elected to a four-year term as prescribed in the state’s constitution. The secretary is the keeper of the Great Seal of the state of Minnesota. The secretary of state is responsible for preserving documents filed with the state, providing certain business services to the public, maintaining the recording of financing statements under the Uniform Commercial Code and administering Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program assisting Minnesotans who fear for their safety such as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Additionally, the secretary serves as the chief elections officer in Minnesota. The secretary of state serves as a member on the State Executive Council, State Board of Investment, and the Minnesota Historical Society Executive Board. The salary for this position is $89,877/year.

Application Guidelines
1) Contact the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office to assist you in the filing process. Check that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. 2) Complete nominating petitions if you are running as a minor party candidate or an independent candidate along with the other required documents and then submit these items to the appropriate filing officer. The filing officer is who the candidate files their affidavit of candidacy and petitions with. Federal candidates file with the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office. State candidates can file with either the Minnesota Secretary of State or with the auditor of their county of residence. County office candidates file with the county and municipal office candidates file with their local office. If you are running as a major party candidate or for a nonpartisan office you are not required to submit a nominating petition. All candidates must pay a filing fee or submit a nomination petition in lieu of a filing fee. Note: a nominating petition differs from a nomination petition. The nominating petition is required for minor party or independent party candidates to become eligible for placement on the ballot. A Petition in Place of Filing Fee is an optional document that can be used in lieu of paying a filing fee and is an available option to all candidates. Candidates filing by petition should closely review state requirements. 3) Submit the nominating petitions, filing fee (or A Petition in Place of Filing Fee) and other required documents to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office during the filing window. If the position in which you are running for has a possible primary, submit the documents between 84 and 70 days before the primary. The Minnesota primary election is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in August. If the position does not have a primary election, submit the documents between 98 days and 84 days before the general election. If you have any questions please contact the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office by phone at 1-877-600-VOTE (8683).

Submit application to:
Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55155, US