Presidential Primary 2020
In March 2020, Minnesota will hold a presidential nomination primary to vote for each major party's nominee for President.
March 3, 2020
- Polling Place hours: 7 a.m to 8 p.m.
- Find your polling place and learn how to vote early at mnvotes.org.
- Absentee voting begins January 17, 2020 (applications available mid November)
- 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 the party's ballot.
- The presidential nomination primary results will determine Minnesota's delegates for each major party.
What Happened to the 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 candidate, select delegates, and set goals and priorities (party platform).
- 2020 Precinct Caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. Caucus 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.
- The State Primary Election will be held August 11, 2020 for offices other than President.