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Election Records: Election Records

Election Returns

Election Returns, 1859-1962
Abstracts of votes for national, state, and county candidates, supplemented by precinct summary statements, records of corrected votes, and correspondence to correct errors in reported votes.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (SAM 66, Secretary of State: Election Division.)

Election Returns, 1963- 2004
Abstracts of votes for national, state, and county candidates, including special elections, supplemented by precinct summary statements, computer printouts, and related correspondence.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Election Returns, Miscellaneous, 1917-1984
Abstracts of votes for primary, general, and special elections, received from the county auditors of various counties or separated from the microfilmed Official Documents of the Secretary of State’s office. They were retained to fill gaps in the election returns held by the Secretary of State’s office.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Abstracts of Votes

For abstracts of votes search the library catalog using the following terms: 

  • Election records Minnesota
  • Local elections [county name]; or Local elections [municipal name]
  • Voters' lists [county name]

You can also search for the "Minnesota Election Division" records by using the Advanced Search.

 

Then choosing "Author/Creator" from the drop down menu, and entering "Minnesota Election Division."

 

Campaign Expense Statements

For campaign expense statements search the library catalog by the following terms:

  • Campaign funds
  • Candidates for office

You can also search for the "Minnesota Election Division" records by using the Advanced Search. Then choosing "Author/Creator" from the drop down menu, and entering "Minnesota Election Division."

Contested Elections

Election Contest Records, 1890-1981
Court transcripts, affidavits, legislative election committee reports and minutes, ballots and tally sheets, legal papers, and other records relating to the process of resolving contested elections, primarily involving legislative seats.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Secretary of State: Election Records).

Nominating Petitons & Affidavits of Nomination

For nominating petitions search the library catalog using the following terms: 

  • Elections Minnesota
  • Local elections [county name]; or Local elections [municipal name]
  • Nominations for office
  • Petitions

You can also search for the "Minnesota Election Division" records by using the Advanced Search. Then choosing "Author/Creator" from the drop down menu, and entering "Minnesota Election Division."

Nominating Petitions, 1917-1984
Petitions signed by registered voters, nominating candidates for state offices, the state legislature, Congress, and United States President or presidential elector. Most are for minor party or independent candidates. The majority are for the November general elections, although primaries and special elections are represented, as well. They are variously titled: "nominating petition," "certificate of nomination," and "affidavit of nomination" are the most common.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

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Gale Family Library • Minnesota Historical Society • 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102-1906 • 651-259-3300
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