News Flash


Posted on: December 24, 2019

Notice of Upcoming Election

Person holding "Your Vote Matters," sign


In March 2020, Minnesota will hold a Presidential Nomination Primary to vote for each major party’s nominee for President.

MARCH 3, 2020

  • Polling place hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. unless otherwise listed.
  • Visit for polling place information, information on voting early in person or by mail, and to register to vote.
  • Early voting begins on January 17, 2020.

The Ballot

  • Only two major political parties will participate; each party has its own ballot with only their candidates listed. Parties included, listed alphabetically, are:
  • Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
  • Republican Party of Minnesota
  • Two parties, Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and Legal Marijuana Now Party, notified the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State that they will not participate in the Presidential Nomination Primary on March 3, 2020.
  • You will be required to request only one party’s ballot when you vote absentee or in-person at your polling place.
  • Mail ballot precincts will be mailed a ballot from each major political party. You will be required to check a box by the signature line of what ballot you voted and mail back. All other ballots are to be thrown away. Please read the instructions carefully!
  • 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 by December 31, 2019.
  • The presidential nomination primary results will determine Minnesota’s delegates for each major party.
  • Ballots will not be forwarded! If you plan on being away during the winter months, please contact the Mille Lacs County Auditor’s office at 320-983-8310 or to request an absentee ballot. This includes registered voters in mail ballot precincts.

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 be 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 will be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 p.m. Caucus 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 (Minn. Stat. 207A.11 and Minn. Rules 8215).
  • The State Primary Election will be held August 11, 2020 for offices other than President.
  • The State General Election will be held November 3, 2020.


  • Visit for more information on voting and elections.
  • Contact the Mille Lacs County Auditor’s Office
  • Phone: 320-983-8310
  • Email:
  • Mailing Address: Mille Lacs County Auditor, 635 2nd St SE, Milaca, MN 56353
  • Contact the Minnesota Secretary of State
  • Phone: 651-215-1440
  • Email:

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