Jan 18, 2024 - News

Early voting in Minnesota for 2024 presidential primary begins Friday

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Signage directs traffic outside the Minneapolis Early Vote Center in 2020. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

Early voting for Minnesota's 2024 presidential primary begins Jan. 19.

Why it matters: The results will determine how the state's delegates are allocated at the nominating conventions this summer.

State of the polls: The state's actual primary isn't until Super Tuesday, which falls on March 5.

  • But a state law allowing a 46-day window for absentee voting means Minnesotans can technically cast their ballots before residents in early states, like New Hampshire and South Carolina, head to the polls.

How it works: Eligible voters — including those who will be 18 by March 5 — can register and request a mail-in ballot or cast one in person at an early voting location.

  • Mail ballots must arrive by Election Day. They can also be dropped off in person at the election office that sent it by 8pm on March 5.
  • Those who send a ballot by mail can track its status via the Secretary of State's website.

The intrigue: Several candidates who will appear on the state's ballots have already dropped out. It's possible — perhaps even likely — that more will exit the race before Super Tuesday.

  • If that happens, voters are able to "claw back" their absentee ballot and cast a new one up until 18 days before the primary.

Of note: Unlike in the August primary for state and congressional races, voters need to choose a political party's ballot to vote for a presidential nominee.

  • Your ballot choice — but not whom you voted for — will be shared with that party's chair. The list is not considered public data.

What we're watching: Whether leading candidates campaign in the state ahead of Super Tuesday.

  • Former President Trump said ahead of the 2020 election that he would never come back if he lost the state, which he did by 7 percentage points.
  • Yes, but: He has more recently pledged to aggressively target the state in the general election.

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