Presidential Nomination Primary Information

March 3, 2020 Presidential Nomination Primary Election

In 2016 legislation was passed creating a presidential nomination primary. Has the state had a presidential primary before?  Yes, in 1916, 1952, 1956 and 1992.  This year, after decades as a caucus state, Minnesota will hold its first presidential primary since 1992. The March 3 primary date places the state in the middle of Super Tuesday, when voters from 15 states and territories cast their ballots.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

  • You are able to vote early by absentee ballot      (in-person or by mail) or on Election Day. Absentee voting began on      January 17.
  • Presidential candidates will not be on the      primary ballot in August.
  • Each major political party will have a separate      ballot.  When you vote, you must      choose which major political party’s ballot you want and you will only be      given that ballot.
  • Which party you choose will be recorded and is private      data.  However, a list of who voted      in a presidential nomination primary and the political party each voter      selected will be provided to the chair of each major party. How you vote      on the ballot will be kept secret. 
  • In accordance with Minnesota Statute 206.58, the new      DS200 voting system will be available for demonstration in the County      Auditor-Treasurer’s office from Tuesday, January 21 – Monday, February      24.  The public will have the      opportunity to vote a demonstration ballot prior to election day.

WHAT'S ON THE BALLOT?

  • By law, only major parties can participate in the      primary. There      are four major parties in Minnesota but only two – the      Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party & Republican Party – have submitted      candidates for the ballot.  Two      other major parties, the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party & the      Legal Marijuana Now Party, will not be participating.
  • The chair of each major party submitted a list of      candidates for the party’s ballot prior to 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'.

WHERE DO I VOTE?

  • Registered voters in the City of Green Isle, and the      Townships of Arlington, Cornish, Henderson, Kelso, Sibley and Washington      Lake will have ballots mailed directly to them approximately one month      before Election Day.
  • All other precincts will vote at their normal polling      place.
  • Unregistered voters can register any time online, by      mail or at the county Auditor-Treasurer’s office prior to the election.      Registration can also take place right at your polling place on election      day.  Pre-registration deadline is      February 11, 2020. 
  • If you are unsure where your polling place is located,      it can be found at mnvotes.org.

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 election replaces the      presidential straw poll which was held during the precinct caucus.

WILL THERE STILL BE A PRIMARY IN AUGUST?

  • The regular State Primary Election will still take place on August 11, 2020. The presidential primary      replaces only the presidential straw poll that used to be held during the      precinct caucus and Presidential primary in August.

 

Any questions, contact:

Office of the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer

400 Court Avenue

P.O. Box 51

Gaylord, MN 55334

Phone:  507-237-4070

Fax:  507-237-4358

Email:  Elections@co.sibley.mn.us

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