MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota voters will be among the first to cast ballots in the presidential primaries when the state opens early voting on Friday.
That’s when Minnesotans can vote in person or request absentees ballots for the March 3 Super Tuesday primary.
It’s Minnesota’s first presidential primary since 1992 and the first one binding on both parties since 1956.
Democrats will choose from 15 candidates, while Republicans have just one choice after the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the GOP plan to list only President Donald Trump.
Voters must request either a Democratic or Republican ballot, and their names will be shared with the parties.
“What we’ve explained to voters is that this election is run by the county, but it’s not the traditional election that you think of. In this election people will still be voting on a ballot and selecting a candidate of their choice, but that is really only informing the major political parties in Minnesota which candidate they would like to see on the official ballot in November,” said director of property and environmental resources for Blue Earth County, Michael Stalberger.
Blue Earth County rolled out a new website that acts as a voter’s one-stop-shop for community members to see where they can register, where they vote and learn about the voting process. The link is attached here.