The Back Of An Envelope

Minneapolis has a ballot question regarding whether the filing fee for elective office in Minneapolis should be increased.  Here is the ballot question in question:

Shall the Minneapolis City Charter be amended to increase the filing fees for candidates seeking City elected offices from the current fee of $20 for each office to $500 for the office of Mayor, $250 for the office of Council Member, $100 for the office of Board of Estimate and Taxation Member, and $100 for the office of Park & Recreation Commissioner and, as an alternative to payment of a filing fee, allow a candidate to submit a petition of voter signatures as provided in state law?

You should vote “No” on this amendment.  This ballot initiative has some support, mainly as a way of communicating to would-be candidates what it takes to be a “serious” candidate.

But what problem is this ballot question…

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