Early voting for Minnesota primaries starts Friday

The first primary election for the state since 1992 is March 3

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January 13, 2020 - 5:41 am
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Minnesota voters will be among the first to cast ballots in the presidential primaries when the state opens early voting on Friday.

Voters can also request mail-in ballots from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office website starting on Friday.

Jan. 17 is when Minnesotans can vote in person or request absentees ballots for the Super Tuesday primary.

March 3 is the date for Minnesota's first presidential primary since 1992.

It's also the state's first binding primary for both parties since 1956.  

Democrats will choose from 15 candidates:

  • Michael Bennet
  • Joseph Biden
  • Michael R. Bloomberg
  • Cory Booker
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Julián Castro
  • John K. Delaney
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Deval Patrick
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Tom Steyer
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Marianne Williamson
  • Andrew Yang

The list of candidates was submitted to the Secretary of State's office on Dec. 17 by DFL party chair Ken Martin, well before Monday's announcement that Cory Booker was ending his campaign.

Julián Castro and Marianne Williamson have also dropped out of the race since the list was made.

Republicans have just one choice after the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the GOP plan to list only President Trump.

Early voters must request either a Democratic or Republican ballot, and their names will be shared with the parties. 

Republicans and Democrats are holding statewide caucuses in Minnesota the night of Feb. 25, a week before the primaries.

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