Early voting for the Minnesota Presidential Primary on March 5th begins this Friday, January 19, 2024.
Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Secretary of State Steve Simon said Minnesotans will have to declare a party choice from among the three recognized major parties, and receive a ballot with candidates only representing that party. There will be three parties participating in the Minnesota presidential primary; Democratic (Democratic-Farmer-Labor, commonly known as Minnesota DFL), Republican and Legal Marijuana Now.
Parties had until Jan. 2 to submit a list of candidates to be included in their respective ballots. The DFL ballot has nine names while the Republican and Legal Marijuana Now ballots have five names each. All ballots have a space for write-ins.
” If you choose to vote as early as tomorrow or any day between tomorrow and March 5, there are two main ways to do that,” Simon said, ”if you choose to vote absentee, there are two main ways to do that. One is that you can do that in-person at a local election office, typically a city or county facility or you can request that a ballot be mailed to you and you can vote from the comfort of your home.”
The presidential primary will be the only race on the ballot for March 5. The state primary for races such as the U.S. Senate and House will be on August 13.
If you are not yet registered to vote, the deadline to do so is Feb. 13 and you can do so online at this link.
If you are not registered by Feb. 13, you can still vote on March 5 by registering at your polling place.
If you vote early and your candidate drops out before “Super Tuesday”
Two of the candidates on the Minnesota Republican ballot, Chris Christie and Vivek Ramaswamy, have already dropped out but will still appear on the ballots voters receive.
Should you vote early and your candidate drops out before the primary election day, you can go to your early voting location before March 5 and ask that they cancel your absentee ballot, or on the primary election day (March 5) go to your polling place and tell them you want to vote in-person instead.
Teenagers turning 18 by March 5
If you have a 17-year old that will be turning 18 by March 5, they are eligible to vote and can pre-register at this link.
Where to vote early
Before Primary Election Day, you can vote early at your city hall, or other community accessible locations your county might make available.
Go to the links below for Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties for information on how and where you can vote early.
- Anoka County Early Voting
- Dakota County Early Voting
- Hennepin County Early Voting
- Ramsey County Early Voting
- Washington County Early Voting
Also visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website on more information regarding the 2024 presidential primary in Minnesota, to register to vote, or to check or update your registration.