Vote in Primary Election

Minnesota has an “open” Primary system, which means a voter can choose to cast a ballot in either the Democratic or Republican primary, regardless of their personal party registration. In non-presidential election years, there is just one ballot that contains both DFL and Republican contests, but voters can only vote for one party or the other.  Any ballot that has selections for both parties will NOT be counted.

The date of the Primary election is Aug. 14.

Early Primary voting kicks off on Friday, June 29.

Depending on where you live and how soon you’d like to vote, you’ll have either one or two options: submit an absentee ballot or vote in person.  You’ll need to check with your county’s elections office to find out if an early voting center will be available. Some counties may not offer one at all, or they may not open until closer to primary day.

Link to elections offices: elections-voting/find-county-election-office

All eight U.S. House seats are on the ballot, as are both of the state’s U.S. senators (Sen. Amy Klobuchar is up for re-election, while a special election is being held for the seat occupied by Sen. Tina Smith, who was appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton following Sen. Al Franken’s resignation in January).

In addition, any of the 134 seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives with more than one candidate from either major party, and most statewide offices, including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, will be on the primary ballot.