March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary
In 2016 legislation was passed creating a presidential nomination primary. This will be Minnesota's first presidential primary since 1992.
What you need to know
- You will be able to vote early (in-person or by mail) or on Election Day. Early voting begins on January 17.
- When you vote, you must choose which major party’s ballot you want.
- Which party you choose will not be public information, though it will be available to each major party.
What's on the ballot?
- By law, only major parties can participate in the primary. There are four major parties in Minnesota .
- The chair of each major party will submit a list of candidates for the party’s ballot no later than December 31, 2019.
- Those candidates will appear on the ballot even if they drop out of the presidential race before March 3.
- Each party decides if they want to include a write-in choice or an option to vote for 'uncommitted'.
What happens after the primary?
- Party delegates will go to a national convention where a final candidate is nominated.
- Parties must use the presidential primary results to choose the delegates.
- Each party handles delegate elections according to their party rules.
Will there still be precinct caucuses?
- Yes. Precinct caucuses will take place on February 25 to conduct other party business.
- The presidential primary replaces the presidential straw poll that used to be held during the precinct caucus.