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 primary are answered below.
March 5, 2024.
No, only major parties will participate.
No, each participating major party will have a separate ballot.
The chair of each party will submit a list of candidates for the party’s ballot no later than 63 days before the date of the presidential primary (January 2, 2024).
Once a party’s list is submitted, changes will not be made to candidates that will appear on the ballot.
Only if it is requested by the party chair. Party chairs will need to submit names of write-in candidates to be counted seven days before the primary.
No, only presidential candidates from a major party will appear on the presidential primary ballot. Other offices with a primary will be on the primary ballot in August.
Any voter registered in Minnesota. Voters can pre-register through February 13, or register at the polling place when they vote. Note that voters must turn 18 years old by March 5 to vote in the presidential primary.
Registered voters will be able to vote at their polling place on presidential primary day or by absentee ballot in the 46 days before presidential primary day (starting January 19, 2024). 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 presidential primary.
A voter’s choice of party ballot will be recorded and is private data. However, a list will be provided to the chair of each major political party of voters who selected that party. How a voter voted on the ballot will be secret.
The presidential primary results must bind the election of delegates in each party.
County and municipalities will be reimbursed by the state for the primary costs.
In 2020, the cost to administer the presidential primary was $9.6 million. Counties and municipalities will be reimbursed for their costs of administering the Presidential Nomination Primary following the election.
Yes, precinct caucuses and local and state nominating conventions will still take place to conduct other party business.
Yes, the official name of this election is "presidential nomination primary" but it is most commonly known simply as the presidential primary.