Do I vote at the same place I went to for the 2016 caucuses?
If you choose to vote on Election Day, you should go to your assigned polling place to vote. If you choose to vote early through an absentee ballot, you can go to St. Louis Park City Hall to vote.
How will I vote in the presidential nomination primary?
To vote in the presidential nomination primary, you can vote at your polling place on Election Day (March 3, 2020) or early (absentee) at city hall beginning on Jan. 17, 2020. All voter registration and voter eligibility requirements apply.
Note: You must request the ballot of the party of your choice. If you refuse to select a party, you will not be able to vote in the presidential nomination primary per state law.
If I vote in the presidential nomination primary, will political parties start contacting me for support?
Political parties use many sources of data in their efforts to solicit support, including data from voter rolls. Decisions about the use of data provided to major political parties from the presidential nomination primary is up to the chair of those organizations.
Contact your preferred party directly for more information.
Is anything different when I check in to vote?
Similar to all other elections, before you receive a ballot, you will be asked to sign an oath that you are eligible to vote in the election. For the March 3 election, state law requires that this oath also contain an additional line that reads "I certify that I am in general agreement with the principles of the party for whose candidate I intend to vote."
What happens after the presidential nomination primary?
Party delegates will be selected based on the results of the presidential nomination primary election. The delegates will then go to a national convention, where a final party candidate for president is nominated. The final candidates for the office of president of the United States will then appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
Each party handles delegate elections according to their party rules.
What happens if a candidate drops out before the presidential nomination primary?
The party lists were submitted on Dec. 31, 2019, and changes can't be made to the candidates that will appear on the ballot. This includes a "write-in" or "uncommitted" option.
What is a major political party?
A major political party is a political party that has met certain thresholds and has applied for major party status, according to state law.
Below are major parties listed on the Secretary of State's website. Two of the four major political parties are participating in the presidential nomination primary and have submitted at least one candidate.
255 E. Plato Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55107
*Participating in the presidential nomination primary: Submitted a list of 15 candidates, requested an "uncommitted" option and did not request a "write-in" option.
Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party
2114 E. 35th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Legal Marijuana Now Party
1717 Tyler St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Republican Party of Minnesota
2200 E. Franklin Ave., Suite 201
Minneapolis, MN 55404
*Participating in the presidential nomination primary: Submitted one candidate, did not request an "uncommitted" option and requested a "write-in" option.
See Minnesota Statutes 200.02, subd. 7 for a definition of "major party."
When is the presidential nomination primary?
The presidential nomination primary is Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
Who decides which candidates will appear on a party’s ballot?
Will other people know which party’s ballot I request?
The choice you make on your ballot is private; the political party ballot you select is also private. However, if you vote in the presidential nomination primary, you will be added to a list of voters that will include who voted and the political party ballot each voter selected. The list will be provided to the chair of each major political party.
Will parties have to abide by the primary results?
Will there be a place on the ballot to write in a choice or vote for uncommitted?
The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party requested an "uncommitted" option along with the list of candidates they submitted for the ballot. They didn't request a "write-in" option.
The Republican Party didn't request an "uncommitted" option along with the list of candidates they submitted for the ballot. They did request a "write-in" option.
The other two major parties didn't submit lists of candidates and chose not to participate.