March 3, 2020 - Presidential Nomination Primary
In 2016 legislation was passed establishing a Presidential Nomination Primary (PNP). The current election law specific to the presidential primary is in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 207A and Minnesota Rules Chapter 8215. Common questions about the Presidential Nomination Primary are answered below.
Will all parties participate in the PNP?
No, only major parties will participate.
Will all parties be on the same ballot?
No, each major party will have a separate ballot.
Will any other offices be on the ballot?
No, only presidential candidates from a major party will appear on the PNP ballot. Other offices
with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.
Will other people know which party’s ballot I request?
A voter’s choice of party ballot will be recorded and is private data. However, a list of who voted in a
PNP 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 secret.
How will I be able to vote in the PNP?
Registered voters will be able to vote at their polling place on Presidential Primary day or by
absentee ballot in the 46 days before the PNP (starting January 17, 2020). A voter 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 PNP.
Will there still be precinct caucuses?
Yes, precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place to conduct
other party business.
August 11, 2020 - Primary Election
November 3, 2020 - General Election