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The filing period for municipal offices appearing on the November 3, 2020 ballot has ended. 

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Campaign Guidelines and Resources

The information provided here answers the most frequently asked questions about campaigning in New Brighton. If you have any questions about the information provided or have general questions about the administration of elections in the City of New Brighton, please contact the City Clerk.

Please be advised that MN State law regulates Fair Campaign Practices and Campaign Financial Activities. The MN Secretary of State's Office publishes a comprehensive Campaign Manual for candidates every two years. A copy of this manual will be provided to candidates for municipal office in New Brighton. Candidates can also visit the MN Secretary of State's website to read the Campaign Manual on-line, download and / or print it. 

City of New Brighton staff members cannot provide legal opinions and/or definitive answers about any law or rule. Candidates and committee members are encouraged to seek out their own legal, financial and/or campaign advisors / consultants for guidance.

Required Financial Reporting

Campaign Finance Reports

  • Initial report is due to the filing officer who accepted your Affidavit of Candidacy within fourteen (14) days of receiving contributions or making disbursements of more than $750.

  • Subsequent reports are due to the filing officer who accepted your Affidavit of Candidacy ten (10) days before and thirty (30) days after the election and each year by January 31st until a final report is filed.

  • Final report is due to the filing officer who accepted your Affidavit of Candidacy when all debts are settled and all assets are properly disposed of in excess of $100.

Certification of Filing

All candidates or committees must file a Certification of Filing within 7 days of a general or special election in which their name is on the ballot. On this form, the candidate or committee treasurer affirms either all required campaign finance reports have been filed, or the candidate or committee did not raise or spend more than $750 in that calendar year.

Please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website for more information.

Door to Door Campaigning

It is permissible for a candidate or their representative to distribute campaign literature on sidewalks, in public parks and in public right-of-ways. However, campaign activities cannot pose a safety hazard or block a roadway or walkway.

A permit is not needed to distribute campaign / political material door-to-door - including inside multifamily housing.  However, please be respectful on property owner’s wishes by leaving a property if you are asked to leave a property.

Sign Placement

Campaign Signs cannot be staked or posted on City property. This includes but is not limited to tacking, pasting, taping, gluing of campaign signs or literature on City buildings, facilities or structures including trees, poles, posts, booths, tables, chairs, tents, toilets, etc.

Campaign signs cannot be posted or erected in street right-of-ways.

Restrictions on placing signs on property owned by corporations are outlined in Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 211B.15 on Prohibited Contributions.

Automatic Dialing Devices

Automatic dialing devices may not be used without the permission of the person receiving the call. Read more about this from the State of MN Attorney General’s Office.

Campaign Fundraising

State law regulates the solicitation of campaign contributions as well as the types and amounts of campaign contributions.  In addition, state law prohibits candidates and committees from giving away (or promising to give away) anything of monetary value for the purpose of inducing a voter to refrain from voting or to vote in a particular way.

There is an exception for refreshments of food and nonalcoholic beverages having a value up to $5 that is consumed on the premises at a private gathering or public meeting.  Campaign Finance laws do not permit candidates to give alcohol away and alcohol sales are prohibited unless the proper liquor license has been acquired. 

The MN Secretary of State's Office offers detailed information for candidates on their Campaigning website and publishes a comprehensive Campaign Manual for candidates. Individuals who file for office in New Brighton will receive a copy of this manual; however, the manual is also available for download on the aforementioned Campaigning website. 

Campaign Cyber Security

In response to the emphasis on secure elections, candidates and campaigns are encouraged to consider campaign cybersecurity safeguards. Information on campaign cybersecurity can be found on the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Campaign Cybersecurity webpage.

Polling Places and Precinct Map

COVID-19: Polling Place Changes: The City of New Brighton is unable to use several facilities normally used as polling places due to COVID-19 Accordingly, the following locations will serve as polling places for the remaining 2020 Elections.

  • Precinct 1 - New Brighton Community Center located at 400  10th St NW
  • Precinct 2 - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church located at 835  2nd Ave NW (CHANGE)
  • Precinct 3 - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church located at 835  2nd Ave NW 
  • Precinct 4 - The United Church of Christ located at 1000 Long Lake Rd  (CHANGE)
  • Precinct 5 - New Brighton Community Center located at 400  10th St NW (CHANGE)
  • Precinct 6 - The United Church of Christ located at 1000 Long Lake Rd  (CHANGE)
  • Precinct 7 - GracePoint Church located at 2351 Rice Creek Rd
  • Precinct 8 - GracePoint Church located at 2351 Rice Creek Rd (CHANGE)

Candidates for municipal office in New Brighton will receive one (1) detailed 2' x 3' copy of this map. Additional 2' x 3' copies can be ordered for $19 each or you may send this file to the printer of your choice. Please note that it should be printed at 500% or more to read individual addresses.

Click here to view the current  precinct map.

How to file for Municipal Office
File Your Affidavit of Candidacy by Mail

COVID-19:  When filing for office by mail, your affidavit of candidacy and filing fee (or qualifying petition in lieu of a filing fee) must be received by the City of New Brighton during the filing period from 8:00 am on July 28, 2020 - 5:00 pm on August 11, 2020. Your affidavit of candidacy must be notarized by a certified notary public, including the notary’s stamp indicating current certification. For locations and hours of low-cost notary services currently available to the public, see a list of regional locations below. You may also contact your bank to inquire about notary services available to members at local branches, or visit notary.sos.state.mn.us to locate in-person notaries in your area.  

After the City of New Brighton has received and certified your affidavit of candidacy and filing fee, staff will send a letter of confirmation and receipt by email or postal mail (if you do not provide your email). In case filing officers have questions regarding your filing documents, please be prepared to answer your phone at the number provided on your affidavit of candidacy. 

Mail to:

 City of New Brighton Elections 
803 Old Hwy 8 NW
New Brighton, MN 55112

Notary service available to the public:

UPS Store 
1670 Robert St, West Saint Paul  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (call before to ensure a notary is available before you visit) 
651-451-0611

Old National Bank 
1570 Concordia Ave, Suite 100, Saint Paul 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
612-486-9760

Along with a confirmation letter and receipt, New Brighton Elections staff will send you a candidate filing packet with information on running for office, campaign finance, and fair campaign practices. Please contact the Elections Office at any time with questions: 651-638-2045.

File Your Affidavit of Candidacy Electronically

COVID-19:  When filing for office electronically, your affidavit of candidacy and filing fee (or qualifying petition in lieu of a filing fee) must be received by the City of New Brighton during the filing period from 8:00 am on July 28, 2020 - 5:00 pm on August 11, 2020. Your affidavit of candidacy must be notarized by a certified notary public, including the notary’s stamp indicating current certification. For locations and hours of low-cost notary services currently available to the public, see a list of regional locations below. You may also contact your bank to inquire about notary services available to members at local branches, or visit notary.sos.state.mn.us to locate in-person notaries in your area.  

After the City of New Brighton has received and certified your affidavit of candidacy, you will be sent an email with instructions to securely pay your filing fee electronically by credit card. Once your filing fee is received, staff will send a letter of confirmation and receipt by email. Note: Both your affidavit of candidacy and your payment (or petition in lieu of payment) must be received before the filing period closes at 5:00 pm on August 11, 2020. 

Email your affidavit of candidacy to City Clerk Terri Spangrud at: 

terri.spangrud@newbrightonmn.gov

Notary service available to the public:

UPS Store 
1670 Robert St, West Saint Paul  
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (call before to ensure a notary is available before you visit) 
651-451-0611

Old National Bank 
1570 Concordia Ave, Suite 100, Saint Paul 
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
612-486-9760

Along with a confirmation letter and receipt, New Brighton Elections staff will send you a candidate filing packet with information on running for office, campaign finance, and fair campaign practices. Please contact the Elections Office at any time with questions: 651-638-2045.

File Your Affidavit of Candidacy by In-Person Appointment - Curbside Only

Call and schedule a 15 to 20-minute appointment to file your affidavit when it is most convenient at a location most convenient for you.

Locations to file by appointment:

  • New Brighton City Hall; 803 Old Hwy 8 NW; New Brighton MN 55112
    • Call 651-638-2045 for an appointment
  • Ramsey County Elections; 90 Plato Blvd W.; St. Paul MN 55107
    • Call 651-266-2171 for an appointment

Please call us again when you arrive for your appointment. We will be prepared with all required materials and meet you outside. If you do not arrive at the building in a vehicle, we can meet with you in the public area outside our building entrance.

How should you prepare to file for office? 

To prepare for your visit, you may complete all parts of the affidavit of candidacy except your signature, which must be witnessed by an official authorized to administer oaths. Note: residential address and phone number are required; an affidavit cannot be accepted without this information. You must also be prepared to pay the required filing fee or file a petition in place of filing fee.  Electronic payment options are not available for in-person filing. 

Staff will provide you a candidate filing packet and answer any questions you might have about running for office.

File Your Affidavit of Candidacy by Dropping by in Person - Curbside Only

Locations to file by dropping by in person on weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm:during the filing period from July 28, 2020 to 5:00 pm on  August 11, 2020.

  • New Brighton City Hall; 803 Old Hwy 8 NW; New Brighton MN 55112
    • Call 651-638-2045 when you arrive.
  • Ramsey County Elections; 90 Plato Blvd W.; St. Paul MN 55107
    • Call 651-266-2171 when you arrive 

Please be prepared for a possible wait as only one candidate may file at a time. You may instead call our office to schedule an appointment to ensure staff is available to assist you when you would like. We will be prepared with all required materials and meet you outside. If you do not arrive at the building in a vehicle, we can meet with you in the public area outside our building entrance.

How should you prepare to file for office? 

To prepare for your visit, you may complete all parts of the affidavit of candidacy except your signature, which must be witnessed by an official authorized to administer oaths. Note: residential address and phone number are required; an affidavit cannot be accepted without this information. You must also be prepared to pay the required filing fee or file a petition in place of filing fee.  Electronic payment options are not available for in-person filing. 

Staff will provide you a candidate filing packet and answer any questions you might have about running for office.