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In 2016 legislation was passed establishing a presidential nomination primary. The current election law specific to the presidential primary is in Minnesota Statutes Chapter 207A and Minnesota Rules Chapter 8215.
The Presidential Nomination Primary will take place March 3, 2020. Early absentee voting will begin January 17, 2020, both by mail and in person at the 4H building: 1508 Aune Dr. SE, Rochester, MN 55904. Common questions and answers for the Presidential Primary can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of States website.
If you are a snowbird who leaves Minnesota for the winter, you can still vote in the presidential primary on March 3, 2020. Simply visit www.mnvotes.org to get the information you need:
You can also call Olmsted County Elections at 507-328-7650 to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you. You do not need to be pre-registered to vote to apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to your winter address.
The Minnesota Secretary of State provides a Polling Place Finder to help you find out where to vote. Simply select your city and enter your address to get started. Go to the Polling Place Finder.
Prior to most elections, the poll finder will also display what candidates and questions will be on your ballot when you look up your polling place. A sample ballot is also available.
You are eligible to vote in Minnesota if you are:
At least 18 years or older;
A citizen of the United States;
A resident of Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding the Election Day.
Residents should register to vote when any of the following take place:
Registration may be submitted online at MNvotes.org.
Go to the MNvotes.org website to find out if you are registered to vote at your current address.
Go to the MNvotes.org website for registration requirements and a list of documents you can use as proof of residence on election day
If you are not a registered voter, you can still register and vote by absentee ballot. A voter registration application will be included with your absentee ballot materials. The completed application is returned with your voted ballot. The voter registration application cannot be returned separately.
Election judges are an integral part of the election process. The hours for working on Election Day are 6 AM until votes are counted after the polls close at 8 PM. Election judges may serve as many hours as needed in the precinct to which they are assigned. All judges must attend a training session before working at the polls on Election Day. If you are interested in serving as an election judge please fill out the Election Judge Application Form.