What’s on the Ballot?
The presidential nominating primary is a process by which voters cast a ballot for their preferred presidential candidate of their preferred political party. The results of the presidential nominating primary may affect who appears on the ballot in November. Each major political party will have a separate ballot with their list of candidates for the office of President. Parties may also choose to have an “uncommitted” and/or write-in option available. Sample ballots will be posted in early January on the MN Secretary of State’s website.
What happens when I vote?
The process is similar to the traditional election and voting experience. Go to the Elgin City Hall (polling place), sign the roster or register to vote using approved documents. However, before the election judge gives you a ballot, you must indicate what major political party’s ballot you want to vote on. You will also sign a statement: “I am in general agreement with the principles of the party for whose candidate I intend to vote.” This is the only significant difference in the presidential nominating primary from a traditional election. If you are unwilling to indicate your what major political party ballot you want, you will not be able to vote.
Additional Election/Voting Information:
Who can Vote in Minnesota
You must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old on Election Day
- A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
- Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.
You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.
For Local Election:
- General Election, November 3, 2020:
- Filing for office in Elgin has not yet opened
- Open seats: Mayor & two council seats
- The Elgin City Hall is the filing location
- $2.00 filing fee
- More information to come…