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June 5, 2020

5/22/2020 11:57:00 AM
Candidates filing until June 2, process impacted by no contact restrictions

Filing ends June 2 for federal, state and county offices.  It opened Tuesday, May 19 and the first in the chute at the county was incumbent Commissioner Mike Robinson, for District 5 on the County Board. (Below, purple on map)

There are special measures in place due to the covid 19 situation, including mail-in applications if you want to file at the Sectretary of State offices in St. Paul.
Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer Bridgitte Konrad says county filings can be done by mail, by curbside, using the drop box at the front entry or on-line at chisagocounty.us.

To file by mail, send the application to Room 271 313 Main Street, Center City, MN 55012.

The District 8 congressional seat now held by Pete Stauber, is on this November’s ballot;  along with state elected officials in Senate Districts 32 and 39 (incumbents are Mark Koran and Karin Housley) and in House Districts 32A, 32B and 39A now held by Brian Johnson, Anne Neu and Bob Dettmer.
There are 20 judges serving in the counties in the Tenth Judicial District whose terms expire.

The Chisago County Board seats on the ballot are in Dist. 2 Rick Greene;  Dist. 3 George McMahon and Dist. 5 Mike Robinson.

Look for information later this summer for city elected position filing and when to get your name on the ballot for township supervisor seats elected in November in Nessel and Lent Townships.

The Office of the Secretary of State announced guidelines for individuals filing to become candidates for the 2020 elections. The guidelines, part of larger pandemic elections planning, are intended to maintain proper social distancing and reduce risks associated with the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.
The State Office Building (180 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul) Elections Counter will be open during the candidate filing period, which began May 19 and runs through June 2. The counter will operate each day between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The counter will be open until 5 p.m. the last day of the filing period.

Only candidates will be permitted inside the State Office Building Elections lobby. Photos, video, and interviews happen outside the building.
The Office will ensure the Safety of Candidates, Staff, and Observers:

Filing officers will wear masks and gloves. Candidates are encouraged, but not required, to wear their own personal protective equipment. Service areas will be cleaned after each candidate filing, which may result in longer wait times. Additionally, the following social distancing guidelines will be enforced:
• Only one candidate at a time will be allowed in the Elections lobby. Family, friends, and other observers are encouraged to remain outside the building.
- Only 10 candidates at a time will be allowed to wait in line in designated areas spaced six feet apart from one another.
- Additional candidates will be asked to wait outside.

• Candidates will be asked to avoid standing directly at the counter during filing activities. When candidates sign documents, the filing officer will step away from the counter.

- A campaign manual, copy of completed affidavit, a set of instructions on how to access online candidate forms and campaign finance packet will be the only “papers” given to most candidates.

• The Office strongly recommends using no-contact filing options: Candidates may choose to complete the Candidate Filing Packet ahead of time and submit their materials and payment electronically, by mail, or using the secure drop box located just within the lobby doors closest to the MN Department of Transportation side of the State Office Building.

- Remote submissions: Candidates may file by mail, with notarized affidavit and payment. Filing must be received by June 2, 2020. Additionally, Governor Walz signed new legislation to allow electronic candidate filings. See the Special Information about 2020 Candidate Filing page for details.

- Drop box submissions: The secure drop box will only be available during office hours and will feature instructions and supplied manila envelopes. Candidates who use the drop box will be asked to write their e-mail address on the envelope; the office will confirm the receipt of their materials and payment via e-mail.
Candidates may direct questions to the Elections team at elections.dept@state.mn.us or call (651) 215-1440.

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