NEW Presidential Primary

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
  • Early voting begins Jan. 17, 2020

The Ballot

  • 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 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