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Posted on: January 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Vote early for March 3 presidential primary beginning Jan. 17

Voters will be able to cast ballots Tuesday, March 3, or vote early in-person or by mail beginning Friday, Jan. 17.

Where do I vote?
In-person absentee voting will take place at Oakdale City Hall beginning Friday, Jan. 17, through Monday, March 2, from 8am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Voting will also be available at this location on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 8am to 3pm.

Additional information and absentee voting locations across Washington County

To find your polling place for the March 3 primary, use the Secretary of State's Polling Place Finder

What is on the ballot?
Each major political party has a separate ballot for this election and voters must choose which major party's ballot they want. According to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, a voter's choice of party ballot will be recorded and is private data. However, a list of who voted in a presidential nomination primary and the political party each voter selected will be provided to the chair of each major political party. How someone voted on the ballot will be confidential.

By law, only major parties can participate in the primary. The chair of each major party submits a list of candidates for the party's ballot no later than Dec. 31, 2019.

What happens after the primary?
After the primary, party delegates will go to a national convention where a final candidate is nominated. A state's delegates must use the presidential primary results to guide their vote on the first ballot at this convention.

The presidential primary replaces the presidential straw poll that used to be held during the precinct caucus. Precinct caucuses will take place Feb. 25 to conduct other party business.

The statewide primary election will take place Aug. 11. Candidates for U.S. Senate and other local races will potentially be on this ballot. The general election is Nov. 3.

Questions should be directed to the Washington County Elections Division at 651-430-6790.

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