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.

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Contact Minneapolis 311 Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., weekends 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.