Important Information About the Minnesota Primaries

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MINNESOTANS: I went to election judge training for the March 3 primary, and here is what you need to know.

1. UNLIKE IN RECENT YEARS, if you want to vote for a nominee for your party’s candidate for president, you must vote in the PRIMARY rather than the caucus. The caucus will be held on February 25 and the votes there will pertain to party business (more on that later). There will NOT be a presidential preference ballot at the caucus. If you want to vote for a presidential candidate, you MUST vote in the primary on or before March 3, 2020.

2. In order to vote in the primary, you must state your party preference. That’s because the DFL candidates are on one ballot and the Republican candidate is on another, and you can only have one ballot. You will be asked which party’s primary you want to vote in. **If you decline to answer, you will not be allowed to vote.**

2a. Your party preference will not be available to the public but it WILL be reported to the party chairs. The party chairs will NOT know which candidate you voted for on the ballot.

2b. If you want to avoid stating your party preference on Election Day, you can vote early.

3. Only the presidential candidates will be on the ballot in the March primary. There will be another primary on August 11 for other candidates.

4. Re: the February 25 caucus, if you want to be a delegate to your party’s state or national convention, you should attend your caucus. If you want to be a delegate but you can’t attend the caucus, please contact the chair of your organizing unit. It may be your county or your senate district, depending on where you live.

If you have any other questions about the primary, please visit the Secretary of State’s website.

Originally posted on Facebook. Re-posted with permission.

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