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Posted on: January 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Presidential Nomination Primary

Minnesota Presidential Nominating Primary to be held  March 3, 2020

In 2016 legislation was passed establishing a Presidential Nominating Primary in Minnesota. The Presidential Nominating Primary will be held on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020. There hasn’t been a Presidential Primary in Minnesota since 1992. Here are some things you will need to know about the Presidential Nominating Primary:

  • There are four major political parties that are eligible to participate: Democratic-Farmer-Labor, Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis, Legal Marijuana Now and Republican.

    • Only two of the major political parties have elected to participate:

      • Democratic-Farmer-Labor

      • Republican

  • Each participating party will have its own ballot with only the candidates from that party listed.

  • 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.

  • You will be required to request only one party’s ballot when you vote, whether in absentee or in-person at the polling place. If you refuse to select a party, you will not be able to vote in the Presidential Nominating Primary.

  • Your ballot will only list nominees for President for the party you requested.

  • Your choice of party ballot will be recorded and is private data. However, a record of which party’s ballot you selected will be made available to the major political parties. How you voted on the ballot is secret.

  • The Presidential Nominating Primary results will determine Minnesota’s delegates for each major party.

Absentee voting for the Presidential Nominating Primary will begin on January 17, 2020. You can absentee vote in-person at the Chisago County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office or via mail. To obtain an Absentee Ballot Application contact us at or download a Paper Application and return to the Chisago County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office.  You may also apply online at the MN Secretary of State Website.  Additional information regarding Absentee voting can be found on the Absentee Voting Page.

On Election Day you can vote in-person at your local polling place. The polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. To find your polling place or view a sample ballot go to

Precinct Caucuses

Precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place for other party business. These meetings are run by the state political parties. 2020 Precinct Caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 pm. Locations of the caucuses can be found at

Other Important 2020 Election Dates

  • State Primary Election – August 11, 2020

  • General Election – November 3, 2020

For more information on elections you can contact:

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