Early voting begins for 2022 Minnesota primary
Minnesotans can cast their ballots for the state's Aug. 9 primary election starting Friday, June 24.
Why it matters: These contests will determine which candidates faceoff in the high-stakes November midterm election.
- Plus, in Southern Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, voters in a special election will decide who fills the rest of late GOP U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn's term in Congress.
The big picture: Unlike in 2018, there are very few competitive primaries on the statewide level.
- But the outcome of contested races down ballot could have a big impact on state and local politics.
Zoom in: The most closely watched statewide primary contest is for the GOP nomination for attorney general.
- Jim Schultz, who won the party's endorsement, faces 2018 nominee Doug Wardlow for the opportunity to take on DFL incumbent Keith Ellison in November.
Yes, and: Two members of the congressional delegation — Democratic U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar and Betty McCollum — and a handful of legislative incumbents, including DFL Sen. Sandy Pappas of St. Paul and GOP Sen. Erin Pratt of Prior Lake, face a same-party challenge this year.
- Meanwhile, some local races, including Hennepin County attorney, have attracted crowded fields. In those nonpartisan contests, the top two vote-getters advance to the general.
Behind the ballot access: Minnesota has allowed all eligible voters to cast an absentee ballot, without giving a reason or "excuse," since 2014.
- Under state law, such ballots can be cast beginning 46 days before the election.
- You can see what's on your ballot ahead of time via the Secretary of State's website.
Of note: Minnesotans can choose whether they want to participate in the DFL or GOP primary, but cannot go back and forth or vote in both on one ballot.
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