What You Need to Know About the New Presidential Nomination Primary
Date: March 3, 2020 (early voting by mail and in person begins January 17, 2020)
Polling Place Hours: 7 am-8 pm most locations. Check for exceptions at MNVotes.org.
Location: Find your polling place and learn how to vote early in person or by mail at MNVotes.org.
Why: To vote for a major party candidate for President of the United States
Early Voting Locations: Ramsey County has provided a list of places to vote early in person: https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/elections-voting/voters/vote-election-day/early-voting
- Only major political parties will participate; each party has its own ballot with only their candidates.
- You will be required to request only one party’s ballot when you vote or request an absentee ballot.
- Your ballot will only list nominees for President for the party you request.
- A record of which party’s ballot you select will be made available to the major political parties.
- Each major party chair will submit a list of candidates for their party at least 63 days before theelection, and will decide if there will be a write-in space on their party’s ballot.
The presidential nomination primary results will bind the election of delegates in each party.
What happened to Precinct Caucuses?
- Precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place for party business other than nominating delegates for President.
- 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 values (party platforms).
- 2020 precinct caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. Voting locations- set by the parties- will be posted at MNVotes.org shortly before the caucus date.
Why the Change?
In 2016, legislation was passed establishing a presidential nomination primary (Minnesota Statutes Chapter 207A and Minnesota Rules Chapter 8215). The State Primary Election will be held August 11, 2020, for offices other than President, including state and other federal offices.