City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Presidential Primary


In March 2020, there will be a Presidential Primary Election in Minnesota to vote for each major party’s nominee for President.
Presidential Primary — March 3

  • Polling place hours 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at most locations
  • Find your polling place and learn how to vote early in person or by mail at
  • Early voting begins Jan. 17

Vote Absentee
In-person, Absentee Voting will be available for the first time at the Prior Lake City Hall. Absentee voting will begin on Jan. 17 and end at 5:00 pm on March 2nd for the Presidential Nomination Primary. To vote by mail, please visit the Secretary of State website to request an absentee ballot online, or Call Scott County at 952-496-8560.

Find Your Polling Location
The Office of the Secretary of State has an online service to help voters locate their polling location.The Polling Place Finder website provides information on where to vote and who will be on the ballot. All voters need to do it enter their residential address. This site will provide the location and a map to the appropriate polling place.

The Ballot

  • Only major political parties will participate; each party has its own ballot with only their candidates listed
  • You will be required to request only one party’s ballot when you vote, whether absentee or in-person at your polling place
  • Your ballot will only list nominees for President for the party you requested
  • A record of which party’s ballot you selected will be made available to the major political parties
  • Each major party chair will submit a list of candidates for their party, and will decide if there will be a write-in space on their party’s ballot
  • The presidential nomination primary results will determine Minnesota’s delegates for each major party

What Happened to Precinct Caucuses

  • Precinct caucuses, and local and state nominating conventions will still take place for other party business
  • Precinct caucuses are meetings run by state political parties; they are the first in a series of meetings where parties may endorse candidates, select delegates, and set goals and priorities (party platforms)
  • 2020 precinct caucuses are Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m.; locations will be posted at shortly before the caucus date.

Why the Change?

  • In 2016, the Minnesota legislature passed a law establishing a presidential nomination primary (Minnesota StatutesChapter 207A and Minnesota Rules Chapter 8215)
  • The State Primary Election is Aug. 11, 2020, for offices other than President