Candidate Filing

The Candidate Filing period runs May 19, 2020 through 5:00 p.m. on June 2, 2020 for the following offices:

  • United States Senator
  • United States Representative
  • State Senators
  • State Representatives
  • Judicial Officers
  • County Commissioners
  • Soil and Water Conservation Supervisors

Note: May 25, 2020 is a state holiday. Affidavits of candidacy or nominating petitions will not be accepted in the Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office that day.

A complete listing of the offices is available from Election Filing Period Notice.

Candidates for federal, state or county office may withdraw from candidacy until 5:00 p.m. on June 4, 2020. Filing fees are not refundable.

Where to File

Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office

  • President & Vice President
  • United States Senator
  • United States Representative – District 8
  • Supreme Court Associate Justices
  • Court of Appeals Judges

Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office OR Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office. Candidates may file with the Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer if they reside in Chisago County.

  • State Senator – District 32
  • State Senator – District 39
  • State Representative – District 32A
  • State Representative – District 32B
  • State Representative – District 39A
  • 10th Judicial District Judges

Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office

  • County Commissioner District 2
  • County Commissioner District 3
  • County Commissioner District 5
  • Soil and Water Conservation District 2
  • Soil and Water Conservation District 4
  • Soil and Water Conservation District 5

NOTE:  Filing for city, school district and some township (even-year fall elections) offices opens July 28, 2020 and runs through 5:00 p.m. on August 11, 2020. Filings are submitted to the city, school or township clerk. Contact your jurisdiction for further filing instructions.

How to submit filing

Due to COVID-19, the Chisago County Government Center is currently closed to the public. To accommodate candidate filings you have the following options:

CURBSIDE FILING

During regular business hours you may come to the Government Center and staff will meet you in the parking lot and complete the filing. 

  • When you arrive, call our office at 651-213-8500 and one of our staff will bring the filing materials to you and complete the filing.

MAIL

NOTE: If using mail, completed Affidavit and filing fee must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. on June 2, 2020. Consider dropping your filing off or doing curbside filing to ensure it is received by the deadline. 

To file via mail:

  • Complete Affidavit of Candidacy.
  • Name as you wish it to be on the ballot (must be in upper and lower case).
  • Address (this can only be made private if you or a member of your household has an order for protection).
  • It is required by law that you include your phone number.
  • Campaign Address is only required if your address is private.
  • Include your website and email address to be shared with voters.
  • JUDGES ONLY include your law license number on the form and provide a copy of your license with your Affidavit.
  • Take the Affidavit to a Notary (bank, UPS Store, etc.) and sign the document in their presence.  Have them sign and stamp the Affidavit. If we have questions about any information, we will contact you at the phone number listed on the Affidavit.
  • You may pay by Credit/Debit or E-Check via Online or Phone. We currently accept American Express, Discover Card, Master Card and Visa. You are able to PAY ONLINE or Pay by Phone via Integrated Voice Response (IVR) by calling 1-866-270-6383
    • Select or say ’Other’ for Payment Type. 
    • For the field: Type of Payment, please enter or say the position that you are filing for office.
    • For the field: Amount, please enter or say the filing fee for the position that you are filing for office. See filing fees for the correct amount.
    • Note: There is a 2.5% convenience fee ($1.50 minimum) when paying with a credit/debit card. Or a flat $1.50 convenience fee if paying by E-Check up to $10,000. 
  • You may also enclose your check for the filing fee made payable to: Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer. See filing fees for the correct amount.
  • Mail Affidavit and filing fee (if paying by check) to: Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer, 313 North Main Street, Center City, MN  55012.

DROP BOX 

NOTE: If using the Drop Box (which is located outside of the main entrance to the Chisago County Government Center) your completed Affidavit and filing fee must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. on June 2, 2020. 

To file using the Drop Box:

  • Complete Affidavit of Candidacy
  • Name as you wish it to be on the ballot (must be in upper and lower case).
  • Address (this can only be made private if you or a member of your household has an order for protection).
  • It is required by law that you include your phone number.
  • Campaign Address in only required if your address is private.
  • Include your website and email address to be shared with voters.
  • JUDGES ONLYinclude your law license number on the form and provide a copy of your license with your Affidavit.
  • Take the Affidavit to a Notary (bank, UPS Store, etc.) and sign the document in their presence.  Have them sign and stamp the Affidavit. If we have questions about any information, we will contact you at the phone number listed on the Affidavit.
  • You may pay by Credit/Debit or E-Check via Online or Phone. We currently accept American Express, Discover Card, Master Card and Visa. You are able to PAY ONLINE or Pay by Phone via Integrated Voice Response (IVR) by calling 1-866-270-6383.
    • Select or say ’Other’ for Payment Type.
    • For the field: Type of Payment, please enter or say the position that you are filing for office.
    • For the field: Amount, please enter or say the filing fee for the position that you are filing for office. See filing fees for the correct amount.
    • Note: There is a 2.5% convenience fee ($1.50 minimum) when paying with a credit/debit card. Or a flat $1.50 convenience fee if paying by E-Check up to $10,000.
  • You may also enclose your check for the filing fee made payable to: Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer. See filing fees for the correct amount.
  • Place Affidavit and filing fee (if paying by check) in an envelope clearly marked “CANDIDATE FILING” and place it in the Drop Box that is located outside of the main entrance to the Chisago County Government Center.

ELECTRONIC

NOTE: If using electronic delivery, completed Affidavit and filing fee must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. on June 2, 2020

To file electronically:

  • Complete Affidavit of Candidacy.
  • Name as you wish it to be on the ballot (must be in upper and lower case).
  • Address (this can only be made private if you or a member of your household has an order for protection).
  • It is required by law that you include your phone number.
  • Campaign Address in only required if your address is private.
  • Include your website and email address to be shared with voters.
  • JUDGES ONLYinclude your law license number on the form and provide a copy of your license with your Affidavit.
  • Take the Affidavit to a Notary (bank, UPS Store, etc.) and sign the document in their presence. Have them sign and stamp the Affidavit. If we have questions about any information, we will contact you at the phone number listed on the Affidavit.
  • You may pay by Credit/Debit or E-Check via Online or Phone. We currently accept American Express, Discover Card, Master Card and Visa. You are able to PAY ONLINE or Pay by Phone via Integrated Voice Response (IVR) by calling 1-866-270-6383.
    • Select or say ’Other’ for Payment Type.
    • For the field: Type of Payment, please enter or say the position that you are filing for office.
    • For the field: Amount, please enter or say the filing fee for the position that you are filing for office. See filing fees for the correct amount.
    • Note: This is a 2.5% convenience fee ($1.50 minimum) when paying with a credit/debit card. Or a flat $1.50 convenience fee if paying by E-Check up to $10,000.
  • Email completed Affidavit to: elections@chisagocounty.us.

Filing Fees

  • State Senator or State Representative: $100.00
  • Judicial Officer: $300.00
  • County Commissioner: $50.00
  • Soil & Water Conservation Supervisor: $20.00