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Precinct caucuses are not elections. They are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties. They are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates and set goals and values (called party platforms).
To participate, you must be eligible to vote in the November 2020 general election and live in the precinct. You do not have to be an active member of that party but you must generally agree with the principles of the political party hosting the caucus. Going to a political party caucus is a great way to show support for a candidate, raise an issue that is important to you, influence who the party will endorse for many offices, indicate your interest in serving as an Election Judge and meet people in your community.
Everything from site location to planning the meeting agenda to conducting preference ballot voting is the responsibility of each party. As such, please contact your political party directly for information and caucus locations.
* Please note all absentee voting activities will be conducted at the New Brighton Community Center located at 400 10th St NW New Brighton MN in room 209.
In 2016, the MN legislature passed a law establishing a presidential nomination primary election.
Only presidential candidates from major parties will appear on the presidential primary ballot. The presidential primary results bind the election of delegates in each party. Other candidates whose office requires a primary election will appear on the ballot for the August state primary election.
Each major party will have a separate ballot and registered voters must request the ballot of the party of their choice. If a voter refuses to select a party, they will not be able to vote in the presidential nomination primary.
A voter's choice of party ballot 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 political party. How a voter voted on the ballot will be confidential / secret. Absentee voting is available for this election and starts January 17, 2020. Click here to learn how to cast an absentee ballot or vote early.
The State Primary Election determines which candidates will be on the ballot in the November election. For example, five candidates from one political party might run for governor. Only one candidate can be on the ballot in November. The winner of the August primary election will represent their party on the November election ballot.
There may be two kinds of offices on your primary ballot: partisan offices and nonpartisan offices.
Partisan offices will list a political party next to a candidate’s name on the ballot. All state and federal offices—such as U.S. representative or Minnesota senator—are partisan offices. Partisan candidates will be listed in two columns on the front side of the primary ballot. One column will list the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidates. The other column will list the Republican Party candidates. You can only vote for candidates from one political party. If you vote for candidates from both political parties, your votes will not count. You decide which one of the four major parties you will vote for—Minnesota does not have political party registration.
Nonpartisan offices will not list a political party next to a candidate’s name on the ballot. For example, county and judicial offices are nonpartisan. You can vote for any candidate for a nonpartisan office. The candidates who get the most votes will be on the November general election ballot.