Presidential Nomination Primary Election

Presidential Nomination Primary Election set for March 5, 2024


By law, only major parties may participate in the Presidential Nomination Primary Election. The three major parties in Minnesota are Democratic-Farmer-Labor party, Legal Marijuana Now party and Republican party. The chair of each party will submit a list of candidates for the party’s ballot no later than 63 days before the date of the presidential nomination primary (Jan. 2, 2024).

When voting, residents must choose which major party’s ballot they want. The party chosen will not be public information, though it will be available to each major party following the election.

What happens after the election?


  • Party delegates will attend a national convention where a final candidate is nominated.
  • Parties must use the presidential primary results to choose the delegates.
  • Each party handles delegate elections according to their party rules.


Will there still be precinct caucuses?


  • Yes, precinct caucuses will take place on Feb. 27 to conduct other party business.
  • The presidential primary replaces the presidential straw poll that used to be held during the precinct caucus.


Vote Early: Absentee Ballot or Direct Ballot 

  • Vote early IN PERSON for the Presidential Nomination Primary Election by absentee ballot at Excelsior City Hall, 350 Highway 7, Ste 230, Excelsior, MN 55331., starting Jan. 22 at 7:30 A.M. through 5 P.M. March 4. Excelsior City Hall is open from 7:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.  Monday through Thursday for early voting. In addition, there will be extended hours on Saturday, March 2, from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. 
  • Receive an absentee ballot through the MAIL. Apply online at the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
  • Vote by DIRECT BALLOT (feeding the ballot through the tabulator) Feb. 19-29 from 7:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M., March 2 from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M., and March 4 from 7:30- A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


Questions? Contact Nalisha Williams at 952-653-3675