Minnesota’s 2023 Political Dates to Watch


January 2: Minnesota’s five constitutional officers, Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, Attorney General Keith Ellison, Secretary of State Steve Simon and State Auditor Julie Blaha, are sworn in to four-year terms in ticketed ceremony in Saint Paul. The ceremony will be followed by a public reception at the State Capitol.

January 3: The 2023 legislative session meets in St. Paul. Lawmakers also return to work in Washington.

January 24: Walz is scheduled to release his biennial budget proposal, kicking off the budget-setting process. The governor must base his plan on the November state economic forecast.

January 31: Year-end campaign finance reports are due to the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. The reports will detail total spending for candidates, political parties, and outside groups during the 2022 midterm election cycle.

February: Updated economic forecast is pending. After its publication, lawmakers will begin drawing up two-year budget plans for the state.

March 14: Municipalities hold elections.

March 22: The adjournment of the 2023 legislative session is required. If lawmakers have not completed their work by now, Walz can call them back into a special session.

June 23: Early voting by mail or in person begins before primary elections in many municipalities across the state.

August 1: Nomination period for St. Paul and Minneapolis city council seats opens. The cities list all seats on their ballots, and both use ranked-choice voting, which eliminates the need for a primary election.

August 8: Primary election day in some municipalities.

August 15th: Filing Deadline to run for office in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

September 22: Early voting by mail or in person begins for the November general election.

November 7: Election day in some municipalities.


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