Save the date: Minnesota presidential primary

Make your voice heard in the 2020 presidential primary Tuesday, March 3.  Minnesota is one of 15 states and territories that will hold presidential nomination primaries on what is often referred to as Super Tuesday. 

On March 3, Bloomington voters may vote at their regular polling places between the hours of 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. To find your polling place, visit blm.mn/pollingplace.

Alternatively, voters may vote by absentee ballot between January 17 and March 2. To cast an absentee ballot in person, visit Bloomington Civic Plaza Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. To cast an absentee ballot by mail visit blm.mn/sos-absentee.

The presidential nomination primary is a unique voting experience as there are two ballots—one for each of the major political parties. Voters must choose which major party ballot they wish to receive and only candidates for the office of U.S. President will be on the ballot. (A separate primary for state offices will be held August 11, 2020.)

Each major party submitted a list of candidates for the party’s ballot on December 31, 2019. Those candidates will appear on the ballot even if they drop out of the presidential race before March 3. After the primary, party delegates representing the presidential primary results will carry Minnesotans’ preferences forward to the national conventions.

This is Minnesota’s first presidential nomination primary since 1992, thanks to a 2016 change in state statute. Voters should note that precinct caucuses will still be held on February 25 to conduct other party business.

For more information about the presidential primary and precinct caucuses, visit www.sos.state.mn.us or call the City Clerk’s Office at 952-563-8729.