Presidential Primary 2020

In March 2020, Minnesota will hold a presidential nomination primary to vote for each major party's nominee for President.

March 3, 2020

  • Polling Place hours: 7 a.m to 8 p.m.
  • Find your polling place and learn how to vote early at
  • Absentee voting begins January 17, 2020 (applications available mid November)

The Ballot

  • Only major political parties will participate; each party has its own ballot with only their candidates listed.
  • You will be required to request only one party's ballot when you vote, whether absentee or in-person at your polling place.
  • Your ballot will only list nominees for President for the party you requested.
  • A record of which party's ballot you selected will be made available to the major political parties.
  • Each major party chair will submit a list of candidates for their party, and will decide if there will be a write-in space on the party's ballot.
  • The presidential nomination primary results will determine Minnesota's delegates for each major party.

What Happened to the precinct caucuses?

  • Precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place for other party business.
  • Precinct caucuses are meetings run by state political parties.  They are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidate, select delegates, and set goals and priorities (party platform).
  • 2020 Precinct Caucuses will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m.  Caucus locations will be posted at shortly before the caucus date.

Why the Change?

  • In 2016, the Minnesota legislature passed a law establishing a presidential nomination primary.
  • The State Primary Election will be held August 11, 2020 for offices other than President.