In March 2020, there will be a Presidential Primary Election in Minnesota to vote for each major party’s nominee for President.
Presidential Primary — March 3, 2020
- Polling place hours 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at most locations
- Find your polling place and learn how to vote early in person or by mail at mnvotes.org
- Early voting begins Jan. 17, 2020
- Only major political parties will participate; each party has its own ballot with only their candidates listed
- You will be required to request only one party’s ballot when you vote, whether absentee or in-person at your polling place
- Your ballot will only list nominees for President for the party you requested
- A record of which party’s ballot you selected will be made available to the major political parties
- Each major party chair will submit a list of candidates for their party, and will decide if there will be a write-in space on their party’s ballot
- The presidential nomination primary results will determine Minnesota’s delegates for each major party
What Happened to Precinct Caucuses
- Precinct caucuses, and local and state nominating conventions will still take place for other party business
- Precinct caucuses are meetings run by state political parties; they are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set goals and priorities (party platforms)
- 2020 precinct caucuses are Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m; locations will be posted at mnvotes.org shortly before the caucus date.
Why the Change?
- In 2016, the Minnesota legislature passed a law establishing a presidential nomination primary (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 207A and Minnesota Rules Chapter 8215)
- The State Primary Election is Aug. 11, 2020, for offices other than President